ZAMBIA has commended China for its continued pushing for the reforms of the United Nations (UN) Security Council which would see Africa have a permanent seat.
President Edgar Lungu said the Chinese Government should be commended for calling for the reform of the UN Security Council because in its current form, it was not representing the wider part of the world.
President Lungu said Zambia and China had been enjoying their diplomatic and bilateral relations for the last 50 years and that the relationships had continued to grow over the years.
President Lungu said he was happy with the manner Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming was representing the interest of China and that the two countries’ relations depended on mutual respect.
He said this when Zhang Dejiang, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC) paid a courtesy call on him at State House yesterday.
President Lungu said Zambia was going to continue cherishing the bilateral and diplomatic relations it had been enjoying with China and that the growth of the friendship was enhanced when he visited China in April last year.
“I know that you have come for the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference but we thank you for coming to pay a courtesy call on us. China and Zambia have been enjoying diplomatic relations for the past 50 years and we shall continue cherishing the relationship we have had over the years. We commend China for its effort in championing the reforms of the UN Security Council,” President Lungu said.
And Mr Zhang said the world was changing and that China was changing with it politically and economically.
Mr Zhang said the Chinese Government would remain committed to enhancing the diplomatic and bilateral relations the two countries hd been enjoying.