Interrogating China’s global security initiative

May 17, 2022 Charles Onunaiju 0

Escalating pockets of regional tensions and their impacts beyond the immediate center of conflict is generating and inflaming security threats across countries. For example, the immediate consequences of the collapse of the Colonel Muammar Ghadaffi government in Libya is the flow of light weapons and military instructors which has feed insurgencies in the Sahel in West Africa, with Nigeria as Read More

China’s fiber cement board debuts in Abuja

May 12, 2022 David Agba 0

New Material Nigeria Company Limited a member of the China National Building Materials Group (CNBM) has introduced a new product known as Fiber Cement Board into the Nigerian market with its factory situated in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Briefing reporters on the new material in their office in Kuje, the Managing Director of the firm, Mr. Jackie Daiyui, disclosed Read More

China’s Fiber Cement Board debuts in Abuja

May 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

New Material Nigeria Company Limited a member of the China National Building Materials Group (CNBM) has introduced a new product known as Fiber Cement Board into the Nigerian market with its factory situated in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Briefing reporters on the new material in their office in Kuje, the Managing Director of the firm, Mr. Jackie Daiyui, disclosed Read More

Ukraine invasion: China declares cyber war against Russians

April 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

A Chinese affiliated hacker group is targeting Russians using malware disguised as legitimate documents and downloads, cyber security experts have claimed. China’s alleged actions against Russia is another twist in the complex relationship between the two countries. Presently, China has not condemned Russia for its military actions in Ukraine – but they are reportedly altering their cyber position in response Read More

Chinese lending to Africa down to 16-year low due to Covid-19

Chinese lending to African governments fell to a 16-year low in 2020 as the impact of the coronavirus deterred countries on the continent from borrowing. Lending in 2020 fell 78% from a year earlier to $1.9 billion, the lowest since 2004, according to a report by Boston University Global Development Policy Center. “The Covid-19 pandemic significantly constrained the fiscal discretion Read More

Understanding China’s position on Ukraine conflict

April 20, 2022 Olalekan A. Babatunde 0

Recent history indicates that China abhors war or violence of any kind. Since its brief war against Vietnam in 1979 and border dispute with India for the first time in more than four decades, China has not been at a full-scale war with anyone. Instead, China builds and not bombs. It is building bridges across the multipolar and multicultural world. Read More

Oil prices drop as China initiates biggest Covid lockdown in 2 years

March 29, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

Crude oil prices started the week with a decline in response to the start of a lockdown in Shanghai due to the high number of Covid infections, rekindling concern about the loss of oil demand in the world’s largest importer. Yesterday morning, Brent crude had slipped to $112 per barrel, Reuters reported earlier today, before rebounding somewhat. On the other Read More

China, Africa continue to jointly promote common progress

March 22, 2022 Liu Yuxi 0

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the African Union (AU). Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping extended his warm congratulations to African countries and people in a congratulatory message to the AU Summit, which mirrored the unbreakable and everlasting friendship between China and Africa. The AU, as a successor of the Organization of African Unity founded in Read More

Breaking: Plane with 133 passengers on board crashes, many feared dead (VIDEO)

March 21, 2022 Mirror 0

Report reaching Blueprint indicates that a Boeing 737 carrying more than 133 people has crashed in mountains in China, with smoke seen billowing from the scene. Chinese state television says the plane, flying from Kunming to Guangzhou, had an “accident” over Guangxi. The China Eastern Airlines flight had 133 passengers onboard at the time of the incident. It is unknown Read More

Should Africa be wary of China?

February 25, 2022 Abachi Silas Ungbo 0

For a long time, the U.S has perched unassailably on the top of the totem pole of global leadership and economic power. However, that has come under serious challenge with countries like China materializing onto the scene much to global consternation. Interestingly, Arvind Subramanian predicted that by 2030 “relative U.S decline will have yielded not a multipolar world but an Read More

Contractor assures of Bida-Lapai-Lambata highway December completion

February 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Project Manager, China Global Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Chen Xian, contractor handling the Bida-Lapai-Lambata highway, has assured that the project would be completed and delivered by December, 2022. Xian spoke over the weekend when the Director Highways, Construction and Rehabilitation, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Folorunso Esan, visited the project site. He revealed that the federal government Read More

FDI: Nigeria must out-compete China, India, Vietnam, others -Chukwu

February 8, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Managing Director, Cowry Asset Management Limited, Mr. Johnson Chukwu, has said that if Nigeria is determined to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), it must start with creation of the right environment and appropriate fiscal incentives to out-compete current preferred destinations of foreign capital such as China, India, Vietnam, among others. Chukwu said that Foreign Direct Investors will go to a Read More

Media stakeholders raise the alarm over ‘infiltration of Chinese ideology into Nigeria’

January 7, 2022 Benjamin Samson 0

Stakeholders in the Nigerian media industry have raised the alarm over what they termed that “infiltration of Chinese ideological agenda in the Nigerian media space.” They raised the alarm Friday in Abuja at a training workshop for journalists organised as part of the unveiling of a literacy guidebook designed to train journalists on spotting and countering authoritarian exports in Nigerian Read More

Loans from China now $3.59bn, says DMO

December 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Debt Management Office (DMO)has clarified that loans from China to Nigeria, which presently stood at $3.59bn, constitutes only 9.4 per cent of the country’s total foreign debt stock of $37.9bn. The director-general of DMO, Ms Patience Oniha, stated this in an interview Saturday in Abuja. She also clarified that the loans were largely concessional, as no national asset was Read More

China moves to help Nigeria tackle insecurity

December 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

Concerned about insecurity in the country, China has offered to send a high-level delegation of criminal investigation experts to meet with Nigerian security agencies. Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun stated this Wednesday in Abuja while speaking to journalists on the sideline of the October 1, China-Nigeria friendship award to students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Mr Cui said Read More

China is Reaping the Harvest of Democracy

December 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

This opinion is coming on the heels of the United States’ preparation to host more than 100 participants in the initial “Summit for Democracy” from 9-10 December 2021. World leaders, along with civil society and private-sector representatives will meet virtually in “renewing democracy in the United States and around the world”. According to James M. Goldgeier and Bruce W. Jentleson Read More

Stop China from making Nigeria dumping ground, union tells Customs

December 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The president of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), Comrade John Adaji, Thursday called on the Nigeria Customs Service to intensify efforts to check smuggling and dumping of sub-standard goods from China into Nigeria. He said the practice has crippled local industries. Speaking at an education conference in Minna, he said, “The Nigeria Customs Read More

FOCAC: For an even stronger Africa-China community with a shared future

November 25, 2021 Ambassador CUI Jianchun 0

From November 29th to 30th, the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be held in Dakar,Senegal (the current African co-chair of the FOCAC). In the face of changes and a global pandemic unseen in a century, ministerial officials from Nigeria, China and other 54 FOCAC members, including the African Union Commission, will overcome difficulties to Read More

China-Africa 8th ministerial conference: Matters arising

November 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will hold in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on November 29-30, 2021. The 21-year-old cooperation mechanism between Africa and China founded at the turn of the century has become a model of international cooperation famous for delivering measurable, tangible and practical outcomes even with less bureaucracy and glamour. The theme Read More

50 years of China at the UN: A brief assessment

November 11, 2021 Charles Onunaiju 0

In the preamble of the charter of the United Nations, it affirmed its determination ” to save the succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which has twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind”. it is there fore no doubt that as the foremost world multilateral fora, the U.N primary business is to enhance peace and promotes Read More

China firm, Mangal sign $600m agreement to build cement plant in Kogi

November 4, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

As part of its expansion efforts, Mangal industries has signed an agreement with a Chinese firm Sinoma for the construction of three million metric tons per year Cement Plant and fifty megawatts captive power plant in Moba, Kogi state. The project is agreed to be completed in early 2024. A statement by the firm’s chief executive, Engr. Fahad Mangal, released Read More