The Presidency has assured the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, CUI Jianchun and the new Deputy Chief of Mission/Ministerial Councilor, Zhang Yi that Nigerian government recognizes and supports China One Policy.
“The things you read in the press (Nigerian) concerning One China Policy are not a representation of the Federal Government policy on One China policy.
“Nigeria’s Constitution is written in a way that allows freedom of expression in the Media.”
Receiving the Chinese Ambassador at the Presidential villa today, August 12, Malam Garba Shehu along with Femi Adesina; the two spokesmen of President Muhammadu Buhari described misrepresentation of One China policy in some section of the Nigerian Media as wrong.
Garba Shehu stressed that what is important in the Nigeria-China relations is that Nigerian government recognize and support the One China policy.
This was even as Femi Adesina said that when the history of the Buhari Administration’s efforts to reverse Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit is written, the role of China will not be forgotten.
According to Adesina, Chinese government had sustained efforts to improve Nigeria’s infrastructure development in several areas, including power, rail, and aviation, among others.
“President Buhari has very great respect for China. Many times he has spoken about the support from China and he deeply appreciates it. President Buhari and President Xi Jinping share respect and friendship.
“Nigeria appreciates the mutual cooperation with China and we pray that diplomatic relations will continue to be strong and mutually beneficial. President Buhari has visited China twice and also participated in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting in South Africa.”
The Ambassador explained his 5GOAL NIGERIA-CHINA GDP STRATEGY, pegged around political consonance, economic cooperation, military collaboration, international coordination and people communication.
Jianchun, who has spent 17 months in Nigeria, pledged that China would continue to prioritize investments in railway, road, ports, electricity, ICT, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, among others, across the country.
On the 700MW Zungeru hydroelectric power plant under construction in Niger State, the Chinese Ambassador said his government is deeply committed to its completion and operationalization soon.