The Chinese government has promised to open wider trade relationship with Nigeria, in spite of the reported trade dispute it has with the United States.
China’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, gave the promise at a lecture organised by the Chinese Embassy which held in Abuja on Friday.
He said although China and U.S. were the top two economies of the world, the trade dispute between them would not in any way deter existing relations with Nigeria.
According to him, in spite of global concerns about trade talks between China and the U.S. on industrialisation and value of naira, more would be done to sustain China-Nigeria cooperation.
“We will definitely be open wider and wider because from our own experience, we firmly believe openness brings progress, while self seclusion leaves one behind. There have been concerns about trade talks between China and the United States and industrialisation of Nigeria and this and that is only imagined.
We understand the concerns, China and Nigeria are on very good terms and we can do a lot of cooperation,” he said.
He decried the escalation of the trade dispute to have been provoked by the U.S., adding that what China has done is raise defence to protect the country’s legitimate trade rights.
He said that U.S. raised trade tariffs and further resorted to maximum pressure in international trade transactions.
He explained China and the U.S. reached trade consensus in May, 2018 and also on value of China’s purchases in the U.S. in December, but was rejected.
He, however, assured that China would continue to carry out business with Nigeria and other countries of the world in line with mutual trade policies, to achieve economic growth.