By Matthew Pentz
The issue becomes current
The issue was turned into a political tool in recent elections. Presidential candidate Michael Sata and his party, the Patriot Front, were hugely critical of what they saw as an unfair balance of power between China and Zambia. Though Sata in the PF lost a contentious election in 2006, their popular message carried them to power in 2010.
A possible alternative is to look to the West for investment, helping to diversify the economy and eliminate some of the reliance on the Chinese.