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China and Zambia look to the future as ties celebrated

Culture and Tourism Year kicks off with songs, dances and glimpses of African country's natural and cultural beauty, Yang Feiyue reports.

By YANG FEIYUE | China Daily | Updated: 2024-05-18 10:16

A Chinese artist delivers folk song Jasmine Flower at the opening ceremony of the China-Zambia Culture and Tourism Year in Beijing on May 11.[Photo provided to China Daily]

"I hope China and Zambia will continue to share stories through song and dance, and I'd love to see more Chinese people travel to Zambia to enjoy its music and explore the country," he adds.

The bilateral culture and tourism year seeks to boost relations through people-to-people connections and spur cultural and artistic cooperation between China and Zambia, according to authorities.

Sun Yeli, China's minister of culture and tourism, Rodney Sikumba, Zambia's minister of tourism, and Ivan Zyuulu, Zambia's ambassador to China, address the opening ceremony.

Approximately 100 people from both sides of the tourism industry were present.

"Zambia appreciates what the People's Republic of China has done in the last 60 years to help it develop," says Sikumba.

China has worked together with Zambia on the construction of the Tazara Railway (an 1,860-kilometer railway that connects Tanzania and Zambia), and a series of infrastructure projects, such as the Mukuku Bridge (over the Luapula River) and the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the capital.

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