Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Wednesday called for strengthening traditional ties between China and Nigeria and exploring new space for cooperation including aviation and aerospace, in a bid to lift the bilateral strategic partnership to a higher level.
During talks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Li said that if China and Nigeria, the biggest and most populous economies in Asia and Africa, respectively, could strengthen cooperation, it would benefit the two peoples and also help promote regional and world development and prosperity.
Calling China and Nigeria important cooperation partners that present development opportunities to each other, the Chinese premier told a joint press conference with Jonathan that his ongoing visit is aimed at promoting the traditional friendship, strengthening cooperation between the two nations across the board, so as to continuously upgrade their strategic partnership.
Nigeria currently is China's third-biggest trading partner in Africa.
Li also expressed similar wishes for further cooperation with African nations in separate talks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Beninese President Thomas Boni Yayi, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe and Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara, who are all in the Nigerian capital to attend the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa.