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Dr Emmanuel Matambo started his tertiary experience at St Joseph’s Theological Institute and he is currently a senior researcher at the Centre for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg. He did his PhD on Zambia-China relations at University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The current Zambian administration, in power since 2016, has endured accusations of undermining democracy. Arrests of opposition politicians, suppression of media platforms and undiplomatic treatment of foreign dignitaries somewhat justify these accusations. China and Chinese nationals, on the other hand, seem to be favourable presences in Zambia. This is partly because China is a huge source of debt for Zambia and the Chinese government promises non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. The presentation will seek to analyse the status of democracy in Zambia and the role, if any, of Zambia-China relations in fortifying or undermining democracy.

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