US embassy cable - 01ABUJA1932

NIGERIA: OBASANJO TO VISIT CHINA

Identifier: 01ABUJA1932
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Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2001-08-02 15:15:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: ETRD NI PREL MASS CH
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 001932 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/15/2001 
TAGS: ETRD, NI, PREL, MASS, CH 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: OBASANJO TO VISIT CHINA 
 
Classified by Ambassador Howard F. Jeter.  Reason:  1.5(b). 
 
 
1. (C) Mission has learned that the much-discussed but 
never-before-scheduled State Visit to China of Nigerian 
President Olusegun Obasanjo is now slated for late August. 
President Obasanjo plans to leave Nigeria on August 25, and 
depart China on August 29, arriving in Nigeria on August 30. 
 
 
2. (U) Chinese nationals have long been active in 
manufacturing in Nigeria, notably in textiles and plastic 
products.  More recently, a wider range of Chinese (and other 
East Asian origin) low-cost consumer goods has become 
available in Nigeria -- often to the consterntion of domestic 
manufacturers who cannot compete effectively.  Chinese firms 
in the engineering sector (onshore seismic operations in 
oil-producing areas and large civil engineering projects in 
Abuja (CCECC) and telecommunications are also establishing 
strong profiles here.  The Chinese have also sought to 
establish a presence in the sale of defense-related articles. 
Jeter 

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