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Nigeria-China partnership strengthened

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

This follows after the two delegates held talks in Abuja earlier last week and announced publicly that China and Nigeria’s strategic partnership has elevated to new levels.

Keqiang stated that both sides agreed to strengthen high level exchanges and strategic dialogues, deepen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade and cultural engagements, as well as consolidate the foundation for the partnership.

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“The Nigerian government and the people attach great importance to the construction of railways and other infrastructure, in which China boasts strong capability and mature technological experience," said Keqiang in a statement.

"The Chinese side is willing to actively participate in the construction of infrastructure projects such as the railway along the coast of Nigeria, and to carry out financing cooperation with the Nigerian side, so as to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results and to benefit the two peoples.” 

He added that the cooperation agreements reached by both parties last year are currently being implemented while new agreements have been signed this year.

Jonathan expressed that China is a good friend of Nigeria and the two governments, enterprises and people have maintained close exchanges.  He said that Nigeria is ready to work with China to strengthen communication, expand trade and investment and boost infrastructure cooperation even further.  

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