President Mwanawasa says the West should stop treating African nations as infants who cannot make decisions on their own.
Mr. Mwanawasa said African governments and Zambia in particular are capable of making decisions that are good for their people.
The President also condemned the decision by some opposition parties to champion the cause for Western countries against Chinese investment in Zambia.
He said Europe and the United States import from China and have trade relation with it.
Mr. Mwanawasa said some European countries like the United Kingdom even exceeded their import quotas from China last year.
The President wondered why Chinese investment in Africa was of so much concern to Western Countries.
He was speaking on arrival at Ndola international Airport ahead of his tour of NCF Mine projects in Chambishi.