AFTER almost a decade of a one sided bilateral affair with China, Zambia is one of many African countries that are now grappling with a debt mountain left behind by corrupt government contracts, unfair trade agreements and servitude bilateral agreements and self-serving credit facilities. President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia says his conversations with China will lead to a paradigm shift from borrowing for consumption to borrowing for investment. This is good, but not assuring enough. To fully appreciate what the Zambian President is committing to, we need to hear how his government will evade the Chinese government’s quest for African resources. China is Zambia’s single biggest creditor, and this did not happen by mistake. It happened because the previous Patriotic…...

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