BY BEN AGANDE

ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan will today meet with President Xi Jinping of China where the two leaders are expected to hold bilateral talks on how to boost relations between both countries.

President Jonathan, who is on a five-day official visit to China, arrived in Beijing at about 17.30hours (local time) yesterday, and his visit is expected to be climaxed with the signing of several new agreements to boost bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and China in defence, finance, trade, agriculture and communications.

From left President Goodluck Jonathan; First lady, Dame Patince Jonathan being received by the Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister, Mr Le Yucheng on the arrival of the president to Beijin International Airport China for state visit on Tuesday (9/7/13)
From left President Goodluck Jonathan; First lady, Dame Patince Jonathan being received by the Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister, Mr Le Yucheng on the arrival of the president to Beijin International Airport China for state visit on Tuesday (9/7/13)

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, noted that President Jonathan, who was accompanied on the visit by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, was received in Beijing by China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Li Yucheng, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Alhaji Aminu Wali.

At the conclusion of the signing ceremony, President Jonathan and the First Lady will attend a state banquet to be given in their honour by President Jinping and his spouse.”

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