Africhina, Once Magazine: Issue 5
“In the past decade, Chinese presence in Zambia has surged. It’s still unclear whether the investment is a boon to the African nation or if it will ultimately send Zambia further into debt. As of early 2007, Zambia owed China $217 million. Chinese restaurants, language schools, China-financed construction projects, and Chinese storefronts are, nowadays, always just around the corner.”
In 2011, Thomas Lekfeldt and Lene Winther travelled to Zambia, a volatile example of the larger phenomenon of Sino-African relations throughout the continent. “What is happening in Africa is very much a sign of a changing world order,” Lekfeldt said to us, “where China has an extremely important role to play.” Zambia’s relationship with China dates back to the 1960’s, but only recently—especially in the wake of global economic crisis—have the Chinese expressed such strong interest in investing in Zambia.