OrderPaperToday-   The All Progressives Congress (APC) has indicated its plan to partner with the Communist Party of China (CPC), the founding and ruling political party of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

This decision is an outcome of a meeting between the APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni and a Chinese government delegation led by the Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Qin Jian; at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

APC National Secretary Mai Mala Buni who was represented at the meeting by APC’s Director of Organisation, Alhaji Kyari Abubakar, said: “China is a very important technical and trading partner to Nigeria. Both countries have enjoyed excellent social, economic and cultural relations. As China is aware, Nigeria recently witnessed a change of government which ushered in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The time for better cooperation between both countries is now as the APC and the President Buhari administration works to deliver on its Change mandate.”

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He stated that healthy relations between Nigeria and China will ultimately benefit Africa as a whole. At party level, the APC National Secretary identified capacity building and collaboration as areas Nigeria’s APC and the Chinese CPC can partner.

Meanwhile, Qin Jian reported that following the successful December 2015 Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit which brought together Chinese senior government officials and most African Heads of Government to Johannesburg, South Africa, the Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a $60 billion aid package for Africa.

According to him, the aid package would finance a broad range of assistance programmes to help Africa industrialise, modernise its agricultural production, boost the skills of its workers, build infrastructure and improve its health care.

Qin Jian said 2016 marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nigeria and China.

“We (China) have enjoyed positive and beneficial partnership with Nigeria in healthcare, economy, infrastructure development, social/cultural exchange and other areas… Nigeria has the biggest economy in Africa and is a very important partner with China.

“The Chinese CPC and Nigeria’s ruling APC will pursue better cooperation which will be of benefit to both nations. Both parties can share experiences on how to develop the economy and protect the environment as well as technical support and capacity building where necessary.” Qin Jian said.

The Chinese Chargé d’Affaires finally disclosed that the Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited President Muhammadu Buhari to China on a State Visit on a yet-to-be-announced date.

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