President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday arrived in Beijing, China, to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China — Africa Cooperation (FOCAC 2018).

The president’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, who is on the president’s entourage to China, confirmed this on his twitter handle on Saturday.

He wrote: “President Muhammadu Buhari arrives in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC2018)".

A statement issued on Thursday by the spokesman for the President, Mr Garba Shehu, said that Buhari would participate in the summit scheduled to hold between September 3 and 4.

Before the formal opening of the summit, Buhari, in his capacity as the Chair of ECOWAS, would deliver remarks at the high-level dialogue among Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs.

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A Chinese girl hands the President flowers on his arrival

He added that the Nigerian president was scheduled to join President Xi Jinping of China and other African leaders for the opening and roundtable sessions of the summit.

The theme of the summit is "Towards an even Stronger China-Africa Community with a shared Future".

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After the FOCAC Summit, Buhari would hold bilateral meetings with Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, to discuss infrastructure financing for strategic projects in Nigeria.

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He stated that their discussion would also cover the upgrading of Nigeria-China relations “from strategic partnership to comprehensive strategic partnership.

“The president will also use the occasion of his audience with the Chinese leadership to assess the progress made so far in Chinese interventions in Nigeria’s key priority infrastructure projects, particularly ongoing projects in the railway and power sectors.

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Some officials of the Nigerian government in handshake with President Buhari

“It is noteworthy that since the last FOCAC VI Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December 2015, the current administration has pushed forward practical cooperation with China in the areas of infrastructure construction, trade, investments, finance, power, agriculture, education cooperation, among others," the statement further read. 

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