Suspicions over the recent recruitment were bolstered by distrust towards the Chinese community in Zambia, which was estimated to number about 20,000 in 2015, according to the privately owned Lusaka Times.
But the part-time officers are not thought to be have been going to perform any special role liaising with Zambia's Chinese community.
Police spokeswoman Esther Mwata-Katongo had said they would just assist regular officers.
"We had Indians who were police reserves and people were OK with it. Why should the Chinese be discriminated on race?" the Lusaka Times quoted her as saying.
But the police have since backed down from their position - with the caveat the officers' appointment broke no laws.