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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

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 Volume Six                                                                            Winter-Spring 2011-2012                                                     Numbers 3-4.





      Edgar Bwalya

     Department of Political and Administrative Studies

     University of Botswana, Post Bag UB 0075

     Gaborone, Botswana

     E-mail address:

     Published online: February 10, 2017


China’s Africa policy is based on “mutual benefits” and “win-win” results, while many critics, especially those in the West, contend that China is only interested in exploiting Africa’s natural resources and is a new colonizing power that is harming the democratic process in Africa and is not concerned about human rights. This article seeks to analyze the nature of China-Zambia relations in terms of trade and investments, what kind of benefits the two countries are deriving from their relationship and what are the challenges, if any, facing the two nations. The study will be based on the analysis of secondary data. The objective of the article is to contribute to the growing literature and debate specifically on China-Zambia relations and generally on China-Africa relations and to suggest ways in which the relationship can be improved. The organization of the article is as follows: the first section provides a brief general historical assessment of China’s relationship with Africa from the colonial period to the present. The second section is a case study of China-Zambia relations from 1964 to the present, and this is followed by a conclusion.



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