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China's friendliness with Zambia to continue under its new government


BEIJING - No matter how the situation develops, the policy of friendly cooperation with Zambia will not change, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said here on Monday.

Meeting with Guy Scott, vice president of the new Zambian government in Beijing, Dai said the traditional friendship between the two countries, created by their former leaders, was hard-won and should be cherished.

China will work with the new Zambian government to further enhance mutual trust and deepen cooperation, so as to promote better, faster development of bilateral ties, Dai said.

Scott, who is also vice chairman of the ruling Patriotic Front that won the presidential election in September, said the new government is willing to conduct candid and open communication with the Chinese government and promote bilateral cooperation.

Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, held working talks with Scott on Thursday morning, in which the two sides pledged to further strengthen exchanges.

Wang said the CPC will conduct exchanges with the Patriotic Front in the principles of independence, equality, mutual respect and non-interference of domestic affairs.

Scott echoed Wang, saying the CPC has abundant experience in party building and national governance, and the Patriotic Front wanted to establish a stable relationship with the Party and learn from its experience.

The two sides also exchanged views on further cooperating in policy research, youth and women exchanges.

Scott also reiterated Zambia's adherence to the one-China policy.

Scott and his delegation were invited by the CPC.