Beyond Rail Revolution: Rethinking Nigeria-China Relations for the Next Decade
Nigeria and China have come a long way in matters of diplomatic relations. The Nigeria-China relations has spanned five decades in the face of changing global dynamics and different political epochs in both countries. This paper reflected on the diplomatic relations so far, China’s near indispensable role in Nigeria’s infrastructure development with particular to its rail revolution, and the dynamics that sh1ould shape the nature of the diplomatic relations between the two countries into the next decade. The paper adopted the qualitative methods, which is mainly narrative and historical, and relied extensively on secondary sources of data. The data gathered were thematically and content analyzed. The paper argued that although Nigeria will continually remain a strategic partner to China and at the heart of its foreign policy on Africa, China has continually had the upper hand as the dominant state in the relationship. The paper identified this as a major failure, the paper recommended that new national priorities along with the bilateral relations should be reevaluated into the next decade of relations.
Keywords: Rail Revolution, Rethinking, Nigeria-China, Infrastructure and Development