The Peoples Republic of China has declared its intention to strengthen its bilateral relations with Nigeria through the pursuit of greater economic cooperation and massive infrastructural development in both countries.

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, who disclosed this in Abuja during the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, acknowledged that  China and Nigeria are major developing countries of great influence in the world.

Zhou also said that China has always had close ties with Africa and will continue to strengthen that solidarity with Nigeria and other African countries.

The Peoples Republic of China has declared its intention to strengthen its bilateral relations with Nigeria through the pursuit of greater economic cooperation and massive infrastructural development in both countries.

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, who disclosed this in Abuja during the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, acknowledged that  China and Nigeria are major developing countries of great influence in the world.

Zhou also said that China has always had close ties with Africa and will continue to strengthen that solidarity with Nigeria and other African countries.

According to the envoy, China would continue to pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up, advance high-quality Belt & Road cooperation, so as to share development opportunities with other countries.

He described China-Nigeria relations as one that is at its best time in history, adding that both nations face new opportunities of growth as they strengthen their brotherly South-South cooperation for mutually beneficial results.

“Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1971 and strategic partnership in 2005 in particular, the all-round, wide-ranging and high-quality bilateral cooperation between China and Nigeria has been a pace-setter for China-Africa cooperation.

“In recent years, thanks to the strategic guidance and personal commitment of President Xi and President Buhari, China and Nigeria have significantly enhanced political trust and secured fruitful outcomes in practical cooperation.

“We firmly support Nigeria in pursuing a development path that suits Nigeria’s national conditions and have confidence that under the able leadership of President Buhari, Nigeria will achieve even greater success in its national development.

“We stand ready to work with Nigeria to enhance mutual trust, jointly pursue Belt & Road cooperation in greater synergy with Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

“Effectively implement the outcomes of FOCAC Beijing Summit, and elevate the strategic partnership between China and Nigeria to a new level,” Zhou said.

“Nigeria deeply appreciates the growing level of cooperation and technical assistance provided by China in several sectors of the economy both at the bilateral level and through the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

As Nigeria joined the Belt & Road Initiative by signing the MoU on the one Belt & one Road framework, it is hoped that bilateral trade cooperation between China and Nigeria will reach greater heights.

Nigeria also commends the People’s Republic of China for its participation in the Federal Government’s economic recovery and growth plan (ERGP) through its infrastructure projects in the country.