China says it will develop modalities to enhance bilateral relations with Nigeria under the new cooperation plan of the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit.
Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Gu Xiaojie, said this at the 2016 China-Nigeria Trade and Economic Forum in Abuja yesterday.
Xiaojie said the enhancement of bilateral relations would top the agenda of the meeting of presidents of both countries during President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit in April.
The envoy said such high-level exchanges would boost the political and mutual trust and “inject strong impetus into the pragmatic cooperation in various fields between our two countries.
“This is the first visit to China by President Buhari since he came into office and also makes him the first African leader to visit China after the FOCAC Summit, which is of great importance to both China-Nigeria and China-Africa relations.
“During the visit, the two state leaders will hold talks and meetings and exchange views on cooperation in all fields, and lay out the blueprint for bilateral relations under new circumstances. The FOCAC Summit determined 10 key cooperation plans and those plans focus on resolving three major livelihood issues which are employment, food and health.”
He also said both countries would identify new areas of cooperation and partner with Nigeria to diversify its economy.