Chinese Premier in Nigeria
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived here yesterday for a visit to Nigeria, the second leg of his first Africa visit since he took office in 2013.
The ongoing three-day visit to Nigeria is expected to boost cooperation between China and the West African country, said officials and analysts.
China and Nigeria have maintained close high-level communication and the bilateral strategic partnership has been advancing, said Li.
“I am looking forward to holding in-depth exchanges with Nigerian leaders on bilateral ties and issues with common concerns,” he said, hoping that his visit will help promote traditional friendship, chart the development of mutually beneficial cooperation and boost bilateral ties.
The Chinese premier is also scheduled to attend the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa and meet African leaders in Abuja, the capital city.
“Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa while China is the biggest developing country in the world, and the relationship between Nigeria and China has been very cordial,” Gu Xiaojie, Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, said in an interview with Xinhua.
“The trade between China and Nigeria is growing rapidly, and people of the two countries have solid relationship,” said Gu.