Sino-Zambian relations are exceptional to a remarkable degree, and do not seem to fall into the common pattern used to describe the Sino-African relationship as part of a so-called ‘new scramble for Africa’. Zambia is a country where both positive and negative developments took place earlier than elsewhere on the African continent and, in this respect, Zambia has always been one step ahead of the rest of its peers. This study is divided into three parts. The first part presents a historical overview of diplomatic relations between China and Zambia. The second part deals with the domestic politics of Zambia and the usage by Zambian elites of the Chinese presence as an argument in internal political discourses. The third part focuses on emerging patterns of Chinese investment in Zambia, and tries to unpack some of the common myths pertaining to the scope and nature of China’s engagement in Africa, based on the Zambian example.
Kopiński, Dominik, and Andrzej Polus. 2011. “Sino-Zambian relations: ‘An all-weather friendship’ weathering the storm.” Journal of Contemporary African Studies 29(2): 181-192. https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2011.555193