Envoy reaffirms China’s commitment to supporting Nigeria

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By Sarafina Christopher

Mr Zhang Yi, the Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, has reaffirmed China’s commitment to support Nigeria’s development through strategic partnerships, technology transfer, and infrastructure investments.

Zhang stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a Seminar on Promoting Harmony Through Mutual Learning organised by the Chinese Embassy in collaboration with China Alumni Association and the University of Abuja.

He highlighted the importance of collaboration between the two countries in key sectors such as energy, transportation, and telecommunications to drive economic growth and mutual opportunities.

He underlined the significance of embracing harmony as a fundamental driving force for national advancement and drew parallels between China’s path to economic success and the role of embracing diversity while emphasising harmony in China’s developmental journey.

Zhang said that harmony, as defined by the Longman Dictionary, referred to people living or working together without conflict or discord.

He emphasised the significance of fostering harmony in various aspects of the society, ranging from individuals and nature, families, and society, to nations and civilizations, and in governance and development.

“We believe that promoting harmony among different ethnic groups, ensuring political stability, and investing in infrastructure were vital steps required to unlock Nigeria’s full potential and foster sustainable development.

“It is crucial to create a world characterised by peaceful human development through fostering friendships and cultural exchanges as bridges between China and Nigeria,” Zhang said.

Professor Sheriff Ibrahim, the Head of the Political Science and International Relations of the University of Abuja, said that the seminar was held at a critical juncture for Nigeria, facing challenges like insecurity, economic difficulties, and social unrest.

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Ibrahim, also the Director of Contemporary Africa-China Research in Nigeria, highlighted the significance of championing harmony as a beacon of hope and advancement for Nigeria.

“For harmonious coexistence to thrive, it requires genuine political will and collaboration,” Ibrahim said.

He also expressed optimism regarding the integration of harmony into Nigeria’s development agenda, foreseeing its potential to bridge divides, promote inclusivity, and pave the way for a brighter future.

Ibrahim called upon all stakeholders to collaborate toward a shared vision of prosperity and stability for the nation. (NAN)

Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa

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