June 25, 2024

We’re expanding new opportunities for China-Nigeria cooperation — Chinese Consul General

We’re expanding new opportunities for China-Nigeria cooperation — Chinese Consul General

By Chioma Gabriel

Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Lagos,YAN Yuqing,  yesterday said   China is ready to work with Nigeria as  good partners  for mutual benefit and good friends  who uphold  peace and stability.  

The Consul-General in  statement yesterday recalled that on June 21, 2024, Wang Yi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, held talks with H. E. Yusuf Tuggar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to her, “Nigeria applauds and supports the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative, and the Global Civilization Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. The two Ministers co-chaired the first Plenary Session of the China-Nigeria Intergovernmental Committee, engaging in extensive and in-depth discussions in the three major areas of politics, economy and trade, and culture.

The talks highlighted the long-standing and solid friendly relations between the two countries and envisioned the broad prospects for future cooperation. The two sides agreed that over the past more than 50 years, the two countries have developed a good tradition of mutual trust on political and diplomatic issues, mutual benefit in practical cooperation, mutual support in international affairs, and mutual learning in people-to-people exchanges.

“Deepening political mutual trust, enhancing military cooperation, and jointly safeguarding national peace and stability. In the political arena, the Government of the Nigerian side acknowledges that there is but one China in the world, the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. Nigeria opposes any separatist activities of “Taiwan independence” in any form, and any external attempts to interfere in China’s internal affairs, and Nigeria will also support the efforts made by the Chinese government to realize national reunification. The two sides agreed to work towards good governance and democratic values, peace, security, and stability in the Sahel region and recognize Nigeria’s leading role in the fight against terrorism and other related transborder crimes.

“China commends His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s leadership role in ECOWAS and his efforts towards bringing about stability in the region. The two sides agreed to support each other’s efforts to promote reunification, ethnic unity, and social harmony, endeavour to enhance political mutual trust, and further support each other on matters related to its core interests and major concerns. China expressed its commitment to support Nigeria in upgrading its science and technology in the military sector, equipment, and capacity building of intelligence to respond more effectively to traditional and non-traditional security challenges at home and aboard, as well as at the regional and international levels, and to safeguard peace and stability of the country.

“Building on economic and trade cooperation as the cornerstone, nurturing new growth points to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Nigeria. It was also agreed that necessary efforts towards ensuring the economic viability of the region would be pursued through infrastructure development and sectoral cooperation. The two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, electricity, telecommunications, finance, agriculture, industry, mining, and free trade zones. Both countries will jointly explore cooperation opportunities in fields such as the digital economy, green economy, and blue economy, and they will foster new growth drivers in cooperation. The Chinese side is willing to expand imports of Nigerian agricultural products. The Nigerian side called for increased partnership in Mining and Solid Mineral development and expressed willingness to partner with Chinese companies to establish manufacturing companies in Nigeria for local consumption and exports.

“The two sides stand ready to create an open, transparent, fair, and non-discriminatory business environment for the corporate cooperation between the two countries, strengthen the WTO-centered multilateral trading system, oppose trade protectionism, and promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation. Both governments committed to intensifying efforts to protect the rights and dignity of each other’s citizens living in their countries and create a business-friendly environment for their business.

“Using people-to-people exchanges as a bridge to enhance mutual friendship between the two nations and to promote cultural exchange between China and Nigeria. The two sides support more Chinese and Nigerian provinces and municipalities/States and Local Governments in establishing more friendly relations and encouraging sister cities. The two countries are willing to continue to build culture brands such as the Happy Chinese New Year, Chinese-Nigeria Culture Week, Chinese-Nigeria Film Festival, and Abuja International Art Fair. The two sides will strengthen mutual visits and exchanges between art groups and personnel, promote human resources training in the fields of culture and tourism, and support cooperation in the fields of creative culture between the two sides. “The two sides will also strengthen cooperation in cultural and tourism fields such as publishing, film and television production, cultural heritage, libraries, museums, and tourism promotion.

Embarking on a new journey and welcoming new development, the high-quality joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative between China and Nigeria has yielded fruitful results in recent years. Several exemplary projects such as Lekki Deep Sea Port, Lagos Light Rail “Blue” and “Red” Lines, and the Lagos-Ibadan Railway have increasingly played significant roles in Nigeria’s economic and social development. The momentum of industrial development and investment in the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone and the Lekki Free Trade Zone continues to move forward. In the field of new energy, the complementary advantages of both parties are evident, and green sustainable development offers new ideas and directions for economic cooperation between the two countries, with the benefits of development continuously reaching the people of both nations.

“Looking ahead, the peoples of China and Nigeria once again stand at a new starting point. As long as the two countries continue to regard each other as important strategic partners and continuously facilitate synergies between the Belt and Road Initiative and FOCAC conference outcomes, with the Renewed Hope Agenda and the Eight Priority Areas proposed by President Tinubu, and jointly promoting high-quality, practical cooperation in an all-around manner. Under the strong drive of the “four engines” of infrastructure, trade, finance, and new energy, the two countries will leverage their respective advantages and achieve coordinated development across various fields. High-level, all-round cooperation will deepen and solidify bilateral relations. Taking the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Beijing this September as an opportunity, both countries will explore broader regional cooperation mechanisms, jointly address global challenges, and promote the building of a closer China-Africa community with a shared future.”