Equatorial Guinea president, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, made it known that his country will be donating $2m to China for assistance as it fights the coronavirus that has killed 634 people in the country.
The government of the tiny central Africa state resolved to make the donation after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting which was chaired by the President agreed that the funds be given to China in support and solidarity.
Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons said “China has always been a very strong and loyal supporter of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and this is a demonstration that the country stands with China and its people as it fights against the global outbreak that has cost too many lives
Yet China boasts the world’s second-biggest economy after the US, and its GDP of $13.6tr dwarf Equatorial Guinea’s $13.4bn.
Equatorial Guinea, an oil-rich state with an entrenched record of authoritarian rule and poverty, has developed close economic links with Beijing.