China’s ambassador to Zambia warns of deteriorating relations

Ambassador Zhou visiting another victim Lusaka Mwanawasa hospital

Following the killing of a Chinese manager at the Maamba Collum coal mine during a labour riot this past weekend, Beijing’s Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao has voiced his concern that relations between the two countries may be at risk.

Ambassador Zhou commented that Chinese investors were shocked and frightened by the gruesome murder of 50-year-old manager Wu Shengzai, who was killed by workers rioting over wages.  Recently the government ordered a steep increase in minimum wages without consultation with businesses, and many operations have found themselves unable to pay for the increases without passing the costs along.

Speaking when he visited two of the Chinese managers who are admitted at Levy Mwanawasa hospital after they sustained serious injuries from the Fracas, Yuxiao said the incident was a serious tragedy.

He said the investors have since called on him to engage the Zambian government and discuss the necessary steps to resolve the matter.

“The Chinese investors in the country are very frightened. I am going to meet them this evening so that I can console them and to chart the way forward,” he said. “This is a very serious tragedy which should be condemned because it will create fearful relations between us (Zambia and China). I hope that the people who did these atrocities will be punished according to the law,” he said.

Riot survivor explains what happened to Ambassador Zhou

Yuxiao said China had done a lot for Zambia as a demonstration of the good relations that exist between the two countries.

He urged the Zambian government to take action that would build confidence and safety among Chinese investors.

“While advising the Chinese business people to abide by the laws and regulations of the land, we equally ask the relevant Zambian government authorities to take concrete measures to protect the safety and security and the legitimate rights of the Chinese business community in Zambia and to create an enabling environment for foreign investments.”

Police have arrested 10 people in connection with the murder and the mine has remained closed.



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74 Responses to "China’s ambassador to Zambia warns of deteriorating relations"

  1. hittler  August 9, 2012 at 11:21

    The greAtest Maffia in the World is a Chinese Maffia,and China is the Richest Economy in the World.NOTE THAT ZAMBIANS!

  2. Modina  August 9, 2012 at 09:46

    Boma,please help our people to come out from is all your fault boma for implementing those minimum wage raise without inspecting if employers are adhereing to

  3. manda*  August 8, 2012 at 15:25

    What happened with Bilgrim issue in chambishi? 45 Zambians were killed.

  4. Critical Situational Analyst  August 8, 2012 at 13:54

    Zambian Colum coal mine workers have been mistreated and were underpaid for some time; poor safety working condition .How can one in an underground mine work with tropicals,canvas,t-shirts,with sores on toes and fingers, gun wounds [due illegal strike according government machinery system] and no overtime for extra hours put in. Honestly, now the language has changed the miners should charged with murder, they should exercise patience, tolerance; give time for the government to work.

  5. Momo  August 8, 2012 at 13:28

    2 bad,MHSRIP

  6. Momo  August 8, 2012 at 13:27

    2 bad,MHSRIP…!

  7. DATA  August 8, 2012 at 13:13

    you killed our people in maamba we didnt talk and your relatives are in china now its our time.Have you seen how God does,to you its pains,even us it pained us

  8. manda*  August 8, 2012 at 12:27

    Zambia is a chrisian nation. This is not an islamic counry. Its a christian nation where we do no revenge towards our enermies.

  9. davis  August 8, 2012 at 12:21


  10. davis  August 8, 2012 at 12:19


  11. Mwana Mbumu  August 8, 2012 at 12:05

    If this is what it means when you don’t treat others well

  12. Zed Genius  August 8, 2012 at 11:03

    reposes the mines and they can buy the coal from us at a higher price!

  13. UKWA THE TYRAN  August 8, 2012 at 10:41

    What kind of relationship is this, where Chinese only want to be killing Zambians and when they are killed, friendship ends. As Africans and Zambians in Particular, we refuse to be made slaves in our own land, we are better left alone with our poverty than being bullied around. Chinese are never known to abide by human rights and this is known world wide. The West is even wondering how we have managed to live with such people who have no regard for human life. You do not shoot at innocent workers who are unarmed and that is what the Chinese did a while a go at the same mine. No one condones such an act but to them it never meant anything. If worse go to the worst, to HELL WITH THEIR MONEY. I am asking the power that be, never to be scared with such threats, in fact that is what made MMD unpopular, because of tolerating Chinese misdid. If you have the natural resources, never worry about who will come, Investors will come on their own accord without you calling them. In fact that is when you have more leverage how to tax them.

  14. joseph mbesuma  August 8, 2012 at 09:54

    It is really a tragedy. Many people haven’t visited Africa before and such occurences just consolidate the image they have of Africans as primitive and barbaric, almost inhuman. Please people let’s act as civilised people. I hope the law takes its course and the media houses cover it extensively. Bitter pill to swallow but we have to. I hope pf will not go cheap on us as this if not handled carefully will harm us in future.

  15. wamona  August 8, 2012 at 04:38

    What goes round comes round .The tuma same chaps were the first ones to play it rough so why complain now the same pain the are feeling is the same pain that the Zambians felt and worse still the managed to buy their way out of it.As much as Zambia needs China Boy ,China needs Zambia as well .

  16. bob  August 8, 2012 at 04:22

    Don’t think when u kill you will be protected,the law will vist you.fooLs.

  17. m.kas  August 8, 2012 at 00:05

    workers at caol mine shud av jst down tools than killing,not fair

  18. Wamulume Mukundakufwa  August 7, 2012 at 22:17

    If China calls back its long term loans today…thats the end of Zambia. The country has no capacity to pay back We are a poor nation without China, our GDP is gone up because of China, there will be no PF without China YOU CANT SHARE POVERTY…thats what Shamenda wants you to doooooo….take or leave it…

  19. Zambia Yanga  August 7, 2012 at 22:07

    The death is unfortunate for sure. However, I feel for the Zambian miners and their families. If these miners are brought to book, so should the ones who shot Zambians and the many others who exploit their workers. You Chinese are just lucky that your money gives you the power to cause sitting governments to turn a blind eye. However keep mind that, with the leaders of tomorrow, the rules of engagement will be different! Consider yourselves warned!

  20. CNP-b  August 7, 2012 at 22:05

    Ala were was this short man when his compatriot short a zambian? China has done alot for zambia, has he forgotten what zambia has done for china?

  21. kopala  August 7, 2012 at 21:58

    its sad that we had 2 lose a foreign national under such circumstance.

  22. I G Mushala  August 7, 2012 at 21:46

    we need real investors not cheap ones like these please….

  23. china sucks  August 7, 2012 at 21:43

    Kick them out of Africa ASAP…as in now.

  24. From manchester in london  August 7, 2012 at 20:24

    Ala ka mambala aka why dint he warn of deteriorating relations when zambians were shot by the chinese.All life is precious.Whether zambian all chinese.

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