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KAGWANJA: Beijing summit reveals why China is attractive to

KAGWANJA: Beijing summit reveals why China is attractive to

"During the six-day official visit of the Nigerian president, he is expected to join his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to witness the signing of an agreement on the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 11 (NICTIB 11) between Galaxy Backbone Limited and Huawei Technologies Limited (HUAWEI) at the cost of U.S. $328 million facility provided by the Chinese EXIM Bank", a statement from Shehu Garba, Buhari's spokesperson, said.

President Xi Jinping hosts leaders from more than 50 African countries for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation starting on Monday.

In 2015 China and its African partners had agreed on ten major China-Africa cooperation plans proposed by President Xi Jinping, all of which are progressing smoothly.

FOCAC, established in 2000, is a multilateral platform for exchange and cooperation between the People's Republic of China and African countries that have formal diplomatic relationships with the PRC.

The FOCAC is a model of South-South cooperation and the Beijing summit will focus on unity, cooperation and common development, which are highly consistent with the UN's goals and purposes, he said. Most of the plans have been implemented, it said. At that event, China pledged support to Africa's development. The announcement included new measures, which were implemented from 2016 to 2018, and were aimed at addressing the three bottlenecks in Africa that are hampering development in the continent: poor infrastructure, lack of skilled personnel and lack of capital sources.

"I am satisfied that everyday we are improving our competitiveness in the region and internationally in terms of attracting investment into the country to grow our economy, modernise our economy".

The vision of the China-Africa relations is anchored on a desire for a shared future where all nations can prosper through cooperation and mutually beneficial partnerships. "China should make use of the fact that the USA is pulling back in the sense of trade, or free trade, as the cornerstone of United States foreign policy ... now it is America first".

The UN is willing to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with China to build a rule-based multi-polar world and encourage other countries to participate in the Belt and Road construction, he said.

After the round table meeting, Presidents Xi Jinping, Cyril Ramaphosa, and leader of the new African co-chair of the FOCAC will jointly meet the press and comprehensively introduce the outcomes of the Summit. The focus will be on political and economic cooperation, social development cooperation, cultural and people exchanges, peace and security, and global cooperation.

China's development, a trend that can not be halted, is of great significance to the cause of world peace and development, he said.

African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga will take stock of the infrastructure development, industrialisation and peace and development programmes, and agree on the priorities for the coming years.