The People’s Republic of China has promised more strategic partnership with Nigeria to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, deepen infrastructural cooperation and help accelerate the process of industrialization.
The Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of China in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Yong made this known at the weekend during a symposium on the 50th anniversary of China- Nigeria diplomatic relations on the Main Campus of the University of Abuja.
In a statement by the Head, Information and University Relations at the University of Abuja, Dr Habib Yakoob, Yong stated that in the past 50 years, the relationship between the two countries enjoyed mutual respect, trust, and support.
The bilateral relationship between China and Nigeria has entered a new phase. China is ready to make joint efforts with Nigeria to further strengthen the anti-pandemic cooperation until the pandemic is completely defeated; deepen the Belt and Road cooperation; speed up the construction of key projects so as to help Nigeria accelerate the process of industrialization; explore the cooperation in the areas of digital economy and green economy; expand military and security cooperation with a view to enhance Nigeria’s capacity of safeguarding national security, and closely coordinate with each other on regional and international affairs to safeguard the common interests of developing countries,’’ Yong said.