Zambia blames opposition for anti-China attacks


Zambia’s government on Friday accused the opposition of fuelling “xenophobic” attacks on Chinese nationals after a spate of violent incidents targeting the community and its businesses.

The anti-Chinese sentiment in Zambia has grown as the government increasingly hands important contracts to the country while borrowing huge sums from Beijing.

Vice President Inonge Wina told parliament that “xenophobic attacks on Chinese are politically motivated because of the utterances that politicians make”.

Her intervention follows a series of rioting in the towns of Buchi and Kawama last week when millers took to the streets to protest after rumours that a Zambian timber company had been sold to Chinese buyers.

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