The Chinese Navy Escort Task Group (ETG) 162, comprising MSL Destroyer NANNING, MSL Frigate SANYA, and Supply Ship WEISHANHU, on Sunday, visited Nigeria to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Chi Jian Chun, says the visitation of the Chinese envoy, scheduled for July 2 to 6 would also enhance maritime security within West Africa.
MSL Destroyer NANNING made the port call at Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) Berth 21 while the other two ships remained at anchorage.
Mr Chun said the delegation from China was big, with more than 700 people and three ships to Nigeria.
“The visit is to further deepen the relationship the two countries have with one another and also seek to strengthen and improve our relationship and cooperation with each other.
“This visit demonstrates the harmony and symphony between Nigeria and China,” he said.
The ambassador said that China and Nigeria would continue to work together and promote peace and harmony while seeking ways to contribute to the international community.
“I believe that this visit will deepen the cooperation between both countries’ military sectors so that we can work together to overcome obstacles.
“We will continue to do more things to facilitate and promote the relationship between the two countries,” Mr Chun said.
Also, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Joseph Akpan, said the visitation would further help to cement the relationship between the two countries.
This is “especially between the Nigerian Navy and the Chinese Navy, as well as the military. This will help us fight crimes, especially in the Gulf of Guinea.
“During their period of stay, our men will be interacting; we will be having some sporting activities, exchange of momentous and gifts.
“We will also discuss the future of both navies, especially how we can benefit from each other,” Mr Akpan said.
Chinese residents in Lagos came out in their numbers to welcome the Chinese envoy at the NPA.