NIGERIA has expressed readiness to enhance communication cooperation and exchanges with China. This emerged from a recent meeting between Chinese Ambassador, Gu Xiaojie, and Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, in Abuja. The duo exchanged views on bilateral relations and cooperation in communication areas.
“Nigeria cannot develop without the support of communication basis,” Shittu said, “The Nigerian side wishes to further enhance communication cooperation and exchanges with China in technology transfer, investment, financing and other areas, and promote the development of Nigeria-China relations to a new high with communication cooperation as the spotlight.”
Gu congratulated Shittu on his assumption as Minister of Communications. He pointed out that in recent years China-Nigeria communication cooperation has achieved fruitful results, leading China-Africa high-tech cooperation. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Nigeria.
Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China established formal diplomatic relations on February 10, 1971. Relations between the two nations grew closer as a result of the international isolation and Western condemnation of Nigeria’s military regimes (1970s-1998). Nigeria has since become an important source of oil and petroleum for China’s rapidly growing economy and Nigeria is looking to China for help in achieving high economic growth; China has provided extensive economic, military and political support.
In 2004 and 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao made state visits to Nigeria and addressed a joint session of the National Assembly of Nigeria. Both nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on establishing a strategic partnership. China has supported Nigeria’s bid for a seat in the U.N. Security Council.