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While Zambia’s Financial Crisis Unfolded on Friday, President Edgar Lungu and Ambassador Li Jie Visited a Blueberry Farm

Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie (3rd L, Front) inspect a blueberry field of Zambezi Berry Company in Chongwe, Zambia, on Nov. 13, 2020. Photo via Xinhua.

In a somewhat odd bit of optics, two central players in Zambia’s simmering economic crisis, President Edgar Lungu and Chinese ambassador Li Jie, were seen together on Friday inspecting a blueberry farm in Lusaka’s Chongwe district.

Neither seemed visibly concerned about the bondholder deadline, and the country’s imminent default on a portion of its foreign debt.

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