Chinese Ambassador Appeared on Confucius Institute’s TV Program

[Source]    Confucius Institute at UNZA [Time]    2014-01-28 16:08:43 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Zambia and the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institutes and to enhance the friendship and mutual understanding of Chinese and Zambian people, Confucius Institute at the University of Zambia (UNZA) launched a TV program named Get to Know China, to which Chinese experts and scholars living in Zambia would be invited to introduce the cooperation in areas of education, culture and economy between China and Zambia. Chinese Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao was invited to be the first guest to attend the TV Talk Show in Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).

At noon of January 19th, 2014, Ambassador Zhou appeared on the column National Watch in ZNBC and had a discussion with Hon. Emmanuel T. Chenda, MP, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry and Mr. Sebastian C. Kopulande, Chairman of Zambia-China Business Association. In the talk, the three well-known people answered questions posed by the host and audiences in the areas of bilateral ties and economic cooperation between China and Zambia.

Ambassador Zhou introduced the history and the current situation of the foreign ties between China and Zambia. He pointed out, the China-Zambia relationship went forward on the basis of mutual understanding, respect and benefit. Chinese companies not only worked on the mining industry in Zambia, but also got involved in the construction of hospitals, roads, bridges, stadiums, water conservancy project and the like. Chinese companies and institutes took two things into consideration in the cooperation: “giving fish” and “teaching to fish”. The projects implemented by Chinese companies not only promoted the economic development and improved the infrastructure in Zambia, but also brought convenience and working opportunities to the local people. From the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, Chinese companies got many natural resources like copper, and at the same time, explored a broader international market for Chinese products.

Mr. Chenda thought highly of the Sino-Zambia relationship and he believed, as one of the most important partners of Zambia, China had never asked for any extra provisions for the business cooperation. Zambian government would actively reinforce the Sino-Zambia relationship and promote more cooperation between these two countries in the future. Mr. Sebastian C. Kopulande showed admiration to China’s great achievements in politics, economy and other areas of the society and people’s lives. He held that the rapid development of China would definitely bring great chances to Zambia.

In his speech, Ambassador Zhou highlighted the contribution of Confucius Institute at UNZA to the development of the cultural communication and exchange between China and Zambia. The other honorable guests also spoke well of the 2014 Chinese Film Festival held by Chinese Embassy to Zambia and Confucius Institute at UNZA on January 18 and 19. At the end of the talk show, Ambassador Zhou presented the custom of Chinese Spring Festival, the most important festival in China, and invited the guests and audiences to join in the Second Chinese Spring Festival Temple Fair to be held on January 25, 2014.