Sino_Nigeria Economic Relations and Implications for Sustainable Development

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Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED) Nairobi, Kenya


Diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Federal Republic of Nigeria formally began in February, 1971. Until then, all relations were at informal level. Arguably, this relationship developed as a result of Nigerian’s ostracism by the international community, particularly by her traditional trading partners namely: Britain and United States, amongst others as a result of the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his fellow Ogoni environmentalists by the Abacha junta. Sino-Nigerian relations witnessed a remarkable boost during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration and this was based on a win-win situation. However, due to the lopsidedness of this relationship, the derivable benefits are not near in sight and forth-coming. This paper therefore attempts to provide an analysis and interpretation of the palpable reasons for the failure of this developmental strides despite all seeming efforts by both parties. Are there underlining salient factors responsible for this failure? Are there saboteurs thwarting both governments’ efforts? Is it corruption only on the part of Nigerians that is responsible for it or there’s a jinx or paradox of law of Karma at play? Has this relationship suddenly developed to become a bane or blessing to Nigeria considering the amount of huge investment in both capital and human? All these salient questions and more are addressed in this paper. The paper adopts a historical and multi-disciplinary approach and concludes that while both parties have demonstrated a germane commitment towards actualization of this dream, much is left to be done on both sides and genuine commitment on the part of Nigeria is of utmost priority.



Cat, Black, White, Economic Relations, Bane, Blessing