Seminar Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of China-Nigeria Diplomatic Relations successfully held in Nigeria
（From Chinese Embassy in Nigeria）
On November 14th, 2011, a Seminar commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-Nigerian Relations, co-organized by the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) of Nigeria, was held successfully in Abuja. 5 renowned Chinese scholars, including Professor Liu Hongwu, Head of the Institute of African Studies of Zhejiang Normal University, together with several Nigerian scholars, made fruitful discussions focusing on the history and current status of China-Nigeria relations, the opportunity and challenge to the bilateral and China-Africa relations, the prospect of African integration, etc. Nigerian dignitaries, including Senator Matthew Ifeanyi Nwagwu, Chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Simeon S. Ajibola, Chairman of Senate Committee on Cooperation, Integration in Africa and NEPAD, Honorable Abubakar Eshiokpekha Momoh, Chairman of House Committee on Cooperation, Integration in Africa and NEPAD, and Mr. Joseph Golwa, Director General of IPCR, as well as Mr. Deng Boqing, Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria and Counsellor Lin Jing, Head of the Chinese scholars delegation from the Department of Africa Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, were present on the occasion. Almost 100 people from all walks of life of Nigeria attended the Seminar as audience.
The Nigerian dignitaries, in their respect remarks, emphasized the significance of the Seminar for setting up a platform for scholars of both countries to exchange with each other, and enabling them to raise better suggestions on bilateral relations.
Ambassador Deng giving his remarks
Ambassador Deng Boqing, in his remarks, firstly made a brief introduction of the development of the bilateral relations in the past 40 years as well as the celebrating events that the Chinese side has held. He said that the Seminar has been sponsored through the China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Program, initiated at the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2009. He wished that the scholars would take full advantage of the platform of the Seminar, to not only make in-depth discussions on China-Nigeria and China-Africa relations, but also strengthen understanding and friendship between each other.