ZAMBIA-CHINESE Association vice-president Wang Xin has proposed that a law should be introduced in Zambia to prohibit Chinese from selling items on retail.
Mr Wang said Chinese must only be allowed to sell their items on wholesale basis so that the Zambians could be buying in bulk for resale to create balance and peace.
He was speaking at a media briefing in Kitwe yesterday in the light of the skirmishes which occurred at the weekend when a Chinese shop-owner accidentally shot and wounded his female shop assistant in Chimwemwe Township.
Mr Wang said once the Chinese were restricted to wholesale trading, there would be a balance between the two countries in terms of business while conflicts would be reduced.
At the same briefing, Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu said Zambians were “irritated” because the Chinese had taken up most business ventures.
Mr Mpundu called on the Chinese to invest in bigger business activities that most Zambians could not afford so that there was a balance.
He said Zambians were eager to share the market as long as the practice was fair and hence the Chinese must take up bigger businesses that an ordinary Zambian could not manage to run.
Mr Mpundu said Zambia and China had enjoyed good relationships for many years which must be maintained.
He said if the Chinese want to continue doing business, they need to demonstrate that they were able to take care of Zambians, who they had employed because the government wanted to see transfer of skills.
He said the relationship between the two countries needed to be nurtured because of the mutual benefits.
He noted that many shooting incidences involving Chinese happened when there was no violence, an indication that guns were not being used for protection.