The Chinese leader in 2013 proposed the initiative of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, with a view to integrating the development strategies of partnering countries.

Penpushing reports that, the Nigerian delegation during the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese and African Leaders and Business representatives on the margins of FOCAC is also expected to sign no fewer than 25 MOUs, including those proposed by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

Buhari on arrival at Capital International Airport, Beijing at about 9:04 am (Nigerian time), was received by top Chinese Government officials including the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian.

Also on list of those who received President Buhari include; Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Baba Ahmed Jidda and his wife Zahra; the Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador Bakori Aliyu Usman; Consular-General of Nigeria, Guangzhou, Shairudeen Oloko; Consular-General of Nigeria, Shanghai, Anderson Madubuike; and Defence Attaché, Temitope Ademola.

Penpushing also reports that President Buhari will on Sunday meet Nigerians living in China before the kick-off of FOCAC on Monday. He will join President Jinping and other African leaders for roundtable sessions which will essentially discuss the report of FOCAC since the 2015 Johannesburg Summit, including the implementation of the ‘‘ten cooperation plans’’ adopted at the last meeting.

Penpushing reports that, the Summit is also expected to adopt the Beijing Declaration and the Action Plan for the development of China-Africa cooperation and fashion out new opportunities to grow Nigeria-China comprehensive strategic partnership from 2019 to 2021.

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