Zambia allocates land to China for construction of memorial park

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The Zambian government has allocated a two hectre plot of land to the Chinese government for the construction of a memorial park in remembrance of the Chinese workers who died during the construction of the TAZARA railway line.

Vice President Guy Scott disclosed the development during a dinner hosted in honour of his visiting counterpart Li Yuanchao at Government House in Lusaka yesterday.

Dr. Scott who has since handed over the title deeds of the land to Dr. Li said the land is located along the Great East Road.

He said the construction of the memorial park for the 60 Chinese workers will enable their families visit their last resting place.

And Dr. Scott said the assistance Zambia has received from China has helped the country to post growth in many sectors of the nation’s economy that include health, education and the agriculture.

He also thanked the Chinese government for sending special engineers to help Zambia ahead of the preparations to celebrate its golden jubilee.

He said Zambia’s relationship with China can therefore not be matched by history or global trends.

The Vice President said the two counties will continue to interact at a higher level to deliberate on global issues that are of national interest to both countries.

And Dr. Yuanchao has hailed the Zambian government for allocating the two hectres of land were the 60 Chinese workers will be reburied.

He said Zambia is one of China’s best friends in Africa, adding that the two countries’ friendship has blossomed and yielded fruitful results.

Dr. Yuanchao hoped the China-Zambia friendship will bring development and benefit the people of the two countries.