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Zambian Charge d’Affaires Gives National Day Reception

[This article is reprinted from Peking Review, Vol. 11, #44, Nov. 1, 1968, pp. 3 and 31.]

Paul W. Lumbi, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Zambian Embassy in China gave a reception in Peking on October 24 in celebration of the fourth anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Zambia.

Among those attending were Tung Pi-wu, Vice-Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, and Kuo Mo-jo, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

Paul W. Lumbi and Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Chi Peng-fei spoke at the reception which proceeded in a friendly atmosphere.

Paul W. Lumbi spoke of the efforts and achievements by Zambia in national construction after independence and expressed the conviction that the Zambian people would build a genuinely Zambian-controlled economy.

The Charge d’Affaires expressed the Zambian people’s support for all African people fighting against imperialism, for the Arab fight against Israeli aggression and for the struggle of the Vietnamese people.

He said: The peoples of Zambia and China are engaged in a common struggle against imperialism, colonialism and neocolonialism. Their profound friendship is continuously developing and getting stronger.

The Charge d’Affaires continued: The great proletarian cultural revolution initiated and led personally by the great leader of the Chinese people Chairman Mao Tse-tung has scored resounding victories, which have culminated in the establishment of revolutionary committees in all parts of China except Taiwan. On behalf of the Government and the people of Zambia, Lumbi congratulated the Chinese people and their beloved leader Chairman Mao Tse-tung on their continuing successes.

In his speech, Chi Peng-fei praised the Zambian people for their achievements in getting rid of the colonial forces, safeguarding national independence and developing the national economy.

Chi Peng-fei said: An excellent situation now prevails in the struggle of the people of the world against imperialism and its accomplices. The more U.S. imperialism and Soviet revisionism collaborate, the more clearly the people of the world will see through them as jackals of the same lair.

He strongly condemned U.S. imperialism for giving tacit consent to the Soviet revisionist occupation of Czechoslovakia and Soviet revisionism for acquiescing in the U.S. imperialist occupation of south Vietnam. He said: Of late, the Soviet revisionist renegade clique has coerced the Czechoslovak revisionist leading clique into signing a so-called “treaty” aimed at legalizing the Soviet troops’ occupation of Czechoslovakia. This is a treaty between master and flunkey, which can in no way cover up the crimes of fascist aggression committed by Soviet revisionism. In the meantime, on the Vietnam question, U.S. imperialism and Soviet revisionism are trying by every possible means to peddle their big plot and big swindle of inducing “peace” through a bombing halt. He pointed out that by their sinister collusion and persistent evil-doing U.S. imperialism and Soviet revisionism will in the end only arouse the people to greater indignation and resistance, and hasten their own complete collapse.

He said: In international affairs, Zambia has opposed the so-called “treaty on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons” concocted through U.S. imperialist and Soviet revisionist collaboration, opposed U.S. imperialist aggression against Vietnam, condemned Soviet revisionism’s armed aggression against Czechoslovakia and supported the African and Arab peoples in their struggle against imperialism and colonialism. We admire Zambia’s spirit of defying brute force and upholding justice.

Chi Peng-fei said: Tempered through the great proletarian cultural revolution, the 700 million Chinese people, following the teachings of their great leader Chairman Mao, will better fulfil their internationalist duty and give more powerful support to the revolutionary struggles of the oppressed nations and oppressed people of the world.

He said: The peoples of China and Zambia have always sympathized with and supported each other in the cause of opposing imperialism, colonialism and neocolonialism and building their respective countries. We are deeply convinced that the profound friendship between the Chinese and Zambian peoples will constantly develop and become more consolidated through the joint efforts of our two countries.

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