Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun Meets with Nigerian Minister of Commerce and Industry Ugwuh


On September 15, 2007, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met with a Nigerian delegation headed by Minister of Commerce and Industry Charles Ugwuh, which is in China for "Nigeria-China Business and Investment Forum".

In the meeting, Zhai said recent years have witnessed rapid development of bilateral ties and the two countries have established a strategic partnership with frequent high-level visits, vigorous development of trade cooperation and mutual support in international affairs. Nigeria has become one of China's most important trading partners in Africa with smooth development of bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, energy, electric power and aerospace. Zhai emphasized that China attaches importance to friendly cooperation with Nigeria and is ready to make joint efforts with the country to further consolidate and deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Ugwuh said Nigeria is deeply thankful for years of assistance and support China has offered to African countries including Nigeria. He expressed satisfaction with the positive progress of economic and trade relations in recent years, noting the expanding investment from China and direct channels for cooperation between the regional governments of the two countries. Ugwuh hoped both sides will continue joint efforts to push their economic and trade cooperation to a new level.

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