Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy on Thursday met with
President Muhammadu Buhari on mutual exchange and bilateral
cooperation.

A statement by the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Abuja
disclosed that Xi’s envoy was Yang Jiechi.

Yang is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee
of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

He said his meeting was for both countries to further increase
high-level exchanges and strengthen bilateral cooperation in
international and regional affairs.

Yang said: “With the personal support and guidance from President Xi
Jinping and President Muhammadu Buhari, China and Nigeria have
enhanced political trust, and our relationship has enjoyed fast
development.

“China and Nigeria are the most populous and largest economies in Asia
and Africa respectively. We are both big developing countries with
important influence, with a bright future for development.

“China and Nigeria should further increase high-level exchanges,
strengthen bilateral cooperation in international and regional
affairs, and support each other on issues concerning each other’s core
interests and major concerns.

“The practical cooperation in various fields between China and Nigeria
has achieved positive progress and benefited the people of the two
countries.

“The Chinese side encourages more Chinese companies to invest in Nigeria.

“We should continue to work hand in hand to develop the Belt and Road
Initiative, implement the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum
on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and constantly enrich the
China-Nigeria Strategic Partnership.”

Buhari asked Yang to convey his cordial greetings to Jinping, adding
that China is an important partner of Nigeria.

He commended China for its strong support for the economic and social
development of Nigeria and welcomed more Chinese companies to invest
in the country.

Buhari commended the Belt and Road Initiative, adding that Nigeria
would work with China to implement the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing
Summit and take the Nigeria-China strategic partnership to a new
level.

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