The People’s Republic of China marked the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit in Nigeria and also reiterated commitments to strengthen its bilateral relations with Nigeria for common development goals.

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun stressed that people-to-people exchanges between the two countries have bridged cultural differences and fostered a sense of community and harmony.

Jianchun explained that the celebration would help the Chinese community in Nigeria to commemorate the upcoming Spring Festival and provide an opportunity for Nigerians to understand Chinese culture.

“This is part two of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. And the second one is also very important, how can we have a great vision for the New Year, the Chinese lunar year 2023? I want to take advantage of this opportunity for the year 2022, the two countries, two peoples or two countries, we have done a lot for both of us. nations,

We can see that the tangible result, for example, infrastructure including deep water port, railway road, airport and hydroelectric power station, ICT investment in agriculture and also in industry in different states.

China Nigeria, we have done a lot in the year 2022. We hope to be able to do more in the year 2023.

I trust you will notice that great things will happen in the year 2023. Not just the elections, this is the biggest festival in Nigeria and it is important for China as well.

We are embarking on a new centenary goal for the year 2049. At that time is the year of the celebration of the 100 years of the new China.

“So I think this is the first thing I want to let you know. And the second part that I want to share with you here. It’s not just about politics and diplomacy, but also about government and relationships really is about people.” He said.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture Lydia Shehu Jafiya said cultural exchanges between Nigeria and China continue to play a vital role in promoting tourism between the two countries by offering a glimpse into culture, customs and traditions. Chinese and encourage more Nigerians to visit China, and vice versa.

“Nigeria and China share a close affinity in cuisine, hospitality and festivals. Therefore, the rapid growth of our deep fraternal cultural bond is indisputable,” Jafiya said. “I am proud of the outstanding cultural ties that exist between our beloved nations, which have flourished non-stop for decades.”

Meanwhile, Tang Fanli, a mother of three, will spend her fourth Spring Festival in Nigeria.

He brought his children to the activities because he wanted them to experience the festive atmosphere. “I’m so happy. It makes me feel warm all over.”