Trust key on building Nigeria-China relations says Okorocha

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The Chairman Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Rochas Okorocha has told the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria that trust and partnership beyond support are key to building a more sustaining relation between both nations.

Okorocha who stated this at the Patriotic Song Competition and International Exhibition of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to mark it Centennial Anniversary on in Abuja commended the CPC for its policies which had made China the economic capital of the world and the 50 years of bilateral relations with Nigeria, which has thrived greatly.

He also lauded the government of China for emphasizing on the People to People relations between both countries, stating that it was the best way to strengthen bilateral ties.

Okorocha, however, noted that Nigeria needed the trust and partnership of China to achieve its development strides, beyond just support.

“Culture is very key and we have talked about people to people and that is the best way to go. Some of the relationships we have had with nations of the world hangs at the governmental level and does not trickle down to the people to people relationship. What we are looking for from the Chinese people is not help or support, we are looking for partnership.

“We say so because what China represents in Asia in terms of population is what Nigeria represent in Africa. So, if China has succeeded, Nigeria must succeed in Africa and we need your partnership to do so. However, in every relationship what is key is trust,” Okorocha said.

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Okorocha also urged the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria to build a new level of trust between the Chinese and Nigerian people, to achieve the people to people relations.

He noted that Nigerians in China felt insecure, because they are not trusted by the Chinese, as they are being looked upon as criminals.

The lawmaker added that, “Nigerians also do not trust the Chinese, because they felt they were in the habit of flooring their markets with substandard products. I want to urge that you deal with the criminals differently from the Nigerians who are in China.

“I found that Nigerians again don’t trust the Chinese people to people initiative because they feel they ferry their quality goods to America, UK and Germany, while the substandard are pushed to Nigeria.

“The Ambassador has explained to me that it is what Nigerians ask for that the Chinese give to them. But I want to plead that China should go back and maintain the Chinese standard that they give what they give to America, UK and Germany, to Nigeria.

“No matter the pressure from Nigerian businessmen to cut costs, the Chinese must say no, so that this trust can be built, and by so doing, will not affect our future relationship,” Okorocha stressed.