WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG
China and Nigeria has been in diplomatic ties for 45 years and China is winning a lot of Africans countries to its side everyday.
President Muhammadu Buhari left Abuja on Sunday to make a four-day state visit to China – The trip is aimed at strengthening of diplomatic, trade and economic relations between China and Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari is invited by Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to enhance bilateral relations under the new cooperation plan. The representatives of the two countries are to discuss practical ways Nigeria’s infrastructure development with emphasis on power, roads, railways, aviation, water supply, housing sectors, agriculture and solid minerals development. Several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and China will be concluded and signed. The agreements include a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China to Boost Industrial Activities and Infrastructural Development in Nigeria. Others are a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Communications and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. China to import more crude oil from Nigeria In keeping with his administration’s prioritization of economic diversification and industrialisation to boost employment, President Buhari and his delegation will tour the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone to gain more useful insights and understanding of the policies that underpinned China’s astronomical economic growth in recent years. The state visit is to last from April 11 till 15.