ZAMBIANS who are found to be HIV positive while living in China are being sent back, it has been discovered.
President Lungu says he has discussed with the Chinese President XI Jinping the issue of Zambians living with HIV/AIDS who are being sent back from China.
The President says the Chinese President has agreed to intervene in the matter and that it will be resolved soon.
The Zambian mission in China told President Lungu that Zambians living with HIV were being sent back home from China by that countries authorities. The most affected were business executives, students and travellers.
The deportation of Zambians living with HIV from China is one of the major issues that many Zambians living in China raised to President Lungu.
Addressing Zambians living in China on Monday, President Lungu informed them that he has discussed the issue with Premier Li who promised him that he will intervene in the matter.
‘I have already been told by the Ambassador here that there are incidences that are ugly in character like deporting Zambians simply because of being found with HIV positive, either as students, travellers or business people and i raised it with the Premier this morning and they agreed that the HIV situation is not tribal, it is not racial, it is humanity,’ President Lungu said.
He added, ‘It affects all of us and the Premier Mr Li assured me that if there is anything like that he will take on board and investigate.’
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to immediately open a consulate in Guangzhou, Southern China.
The President says a lot of Zambians find it difficult to access the embassy in Beijing because they do most of their businesses in the commercial capital of Guangzhou.
He says most Zambians who travel to Guangzhou to access business opportunities often encounter challenges.
President Lungu was speaking when he addressed Zambians based in China.
And Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba says his Ministry will in the last quarter of this year enact the Diaspora policy that will address all issues concerning Zambians leaving abroad.
Meanwhile First lady Esther Lungu has urged Zambians leaving abroad to consider investing back in Zambia.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to China Gertrude Mwape says there are unscrupulous people who are cheating Zambians on education opportunities in China.
President Lungu on Monday started his official visit to China with a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) reports that the President and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jingping inspected a guard of honour mounted in his honour.
President Lungu later held bilateral talks with his Chinese Counterpart where two bilateral agreements were signed.