On Thursday, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China observed the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-Nigeria Strategic Partnership, at a movie reception of the ‘Chinese Dream.’
The movie portrayed a dynamic and motivated China, dedicated to realising its aspirations with its economic prosperity, social wellbeing, people’s happiness and national rejuvenation.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, who described Nollywood as the name card of Nigeria in the world, explained that in April 2015 following the trends of times, China and Nigeria, the most populous developing countries in Asia and Africa respectively, declared the establishment of Strategic Partnership.
He said this “lifted the bilateral ties to a new high and sounded the clarion to form an all-directional, multi-layered and wide-ranging cooperation. Since then, the political mutual trust between our two countries has been enhanced, economic ties between our two sides forged closer and mutual understanding between our two peoples deepened further.”
Xiaojie stated that in the past decade, people-to-people engagement and cultural exchanges between both countries have become increasingly vibrant in areas of education, culture, science and technology and health among others.
Quoting an ancient Chinese proverb, ‘Amity between people holds the key to sound relations between countries,’ Xiaojie said: “Till now, China has established one Chinese Cultural Centre, two Confucius Institutes and four Chinese Language Teaching Centres in Nigeria.”
China’s contributions in the war against Ebola also received acclaim which the envoy referred to, stating that, the Chinese government and people stood firmly with Nigeria and West Africa when they were threatened by the virus and provided medical services and expertise in this regard.
Xiaojie said with China and Nigeria being the largest developing countries of both of their respective continents, they are faced with similar ardours task of achieving modernisation.
He said: “We have taken note that Nigeria is planning to develop the infrastructure, power industry, manufacturing sector agriculture, textile and to tap the potentials of mineral resources and these are some of the areas that precisely China is well-equipped, because we have got such expertise as, financing, technology and management, which are all needed by the Nigerian side.
Concluding with another Chinese proverb, ‘A single flower does not make a spring,’ he expressed China’s hope to work closely with Nigeria’s new government to enrich the content of China-Nigeria Strategic Partnership to foster the win-win cooperation for both countries.