State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, will pay an official visit to five African countries next week, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, announced on Wednesday.
From Monday to January 9, Wang Yi will visit Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Tanzania and Seychelles.
Starting from 1991, Chinese foreign ministers have chosen Africa as their first overseas destination every year, with the upcoming trip being the 31st time that this tradition has continued.
China has remained a strong and growing trade partner with the largest economy in Africa.
Data from the National Bureau of Statistics, has shown that China/Nigeria trade topped N4 trillion in the first 9 months of 2020 compared to N3.6 trillion in the same period in 2019.
The date also revealed that Nigeria imports mostly raw materials, manufactured products, solid minerals and agricultural products from China.
It should be noted that China has since taken over from the United States as one of Nigeria’s largest trading partners and currently dominates the rank of countries importing manufactured goods into the country.