Super Eagles’ striker on fire. Scores goal number 17

Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, was on target as Changchun Yatai defeated 10-man Guizhou Zhicheng 3-0 in a Chinese Super League clash at the Changchun’s People Stadium, Changchun on Saturday.

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It was Changchun Yatai’s first win in four league outings following a draw and two defeats from their previous three games.

 

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Ighalo who was also on target in Nigeria’s 3-0 win against Seychelles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture last weekend opened scoring for his side in the 36th minute from the penalty spot.

 

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Nemanja Pejčinović and Adrian Mierzejewski scored the other goals for Changchun Yatai. Ighalo has now scored 17 goals in 22 league appearances for his club this season.

 

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The former Watford striker is now the second joint top scorer in the Chinse top flight this season along with Guangzhou R&F’s Eran Zahavi. Wu Lei of Shanghai SPIG top the scorer’s chart with 20 goals.

 

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Buhari outline how he plan to spend latest Chinese loan

The Buhari-led Federal Government has reiterated its plans to address the infrastructural deficit in the country with the Chinese loan. Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, The Minister of Trade and Investment, during an appearance on Channels Television, said the Federal Government is currently implementing various projects across the country.

“The projects have been there. They have been conceptualized in the past. But honestly, as far as I can tell, I haven’t seen the degree of commitment to implementation,” he said. “If you look at the railways, the Kaduna-Abuja has been finished, the Lagos-Ibadan is going on.

“And that is why this relationship with China on those infrastructural projects that are demonstrably useful must be done. If you look at Mambilla (power project), it has been there for well over 10 years almost abandoned. “But now, there has been a re-commitment by both China and Nigeria to develop it that will generate a lot of power that will add to our national grid and that will make a huge difference because we still have a power deficit,” he added.

Enelamah’s comments come two weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari traveled to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing.

During the summit, the Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to provide $60 billion to finance Africa’s development over the next three years. The financing will include $15 billion in “free assistance and interest-free loans”, he said, in remarks meant to ease growing concerns that China’s assistance to developing nations is putting them in debt.

Speaking about the Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Government and German auto giant, Volkswagen, the minister explained that the car manufacturer believes Nigeria is a hub for the production of over two million vehicles. According to him, the government needs to create an enabling environment for the deal to be effective by initiating certain policies.

Nigeria’s debt to China- Former Buhari Minister, Amina Mohammed blasts President continued borrowing from China

Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina Mohammed, has expressed worries over the rising level of Nigeria’s debt particularly as it concern the country’s recent penchant to borrow from China. Mohammed, who served in the cabinet of President Buhari as environment minister before she got the UN job, said the country is now back to worrying levels of debt after the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo got Nigeria out of debt through the erstwhile Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Speaking at the International Monetary Fund and the UN Working Together Conversation, Mohammed expressed her worry on the rising level of debt in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. She said the UN and IMF must have better conversation on the demands of a growing economy, seeking ways to make growth better and inclusive.

She stated, “Public resources are always going to be important, and so is ODA and the private sector. But I think we still haven’t yet got quite the solution and I hope that the work that we do together will open up that space to think more on how to leverage that.

“As I was coming up from New York, some of the concerns that came up from the meeting we had in China just recently and reports that we have, the debt issues are really big. I mean, having experienced what it was for Ngozi (Okonjo-Iweala) to get debt relief.

“It took her a few years to convince people, and we are now back again in my country, with a level of debt that is worrying. It’s happening all over. Africa, is that the way we want to go?

“I think we really need to sit down and have a better conversation about all the tasks of a growing economy that needs to be inclusive; it needs to succeed because stability is needed more than ever today across our countries and where we are working.”

Buhari negotiates another $6bn with China for road construction

The Buhari-led Federal Government has revealed that it is currently negotiating a loan of about $6 billion with China Exim Bank for the construction of the Ibadan-Kano railway line. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, revealed this at an interactive session with newsmen, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

According to the minister, “We are currently in negotiations with the China Exim Bank to get about $6bn to do (rail lines) from Ibadan to Kano. It is a difficult decision. Why is it difficult? “The money required is about $8bn to do a double track but the Chinese are insisting that they can’t fund the double track.

“They are asking us to do a single track and they want it at Minna so that instead of going from Minna to Kaduna, we should go from Minna to Abuja and then join it from Abuja to Kaduna.

“But there are those who argue that we should not accept that, rather we should tell them (Chinese) to fund it in segments. This, however, does not make economic sense,” he said.

The former governor of Rivers State equally spoke on the approval for waterways security, noting that $195 million had been approved, expressing confidence that it would help reduce crime in the maritime sector.

Amaechi continued, “The Federal Government has approved the sum of $195m to hire an Israeli company to help train our security personnel to help man our water ways.

“Currently there are criminal activities in our waterways which has made it that in some parts of the country, people charge what they call war insurance. “War insurance means that you go to an area where there is (seems to be) war, but you know that there is no war there.

“But in such areas criminal activities are taking place in the water ways. So, with the approval, after we have put the processes in place, we will ensure that there is security on our waters,” he noted.

The most romantic destinations you must visit in China

Are you looking for the perfect destination for your honeymoon or you wish to surprise your partner on your very first anniversary or maybe you have just crossed 10 years of an utterly amazing relationship? Well, whatever the occasion is, romance is the key to lighting up every occasion or surprise with your partner. China is a great place to opt for, if you are in search of a romantic destination. And oh, did you know that China is termed as one of the best honeymoon destinations too? This makes us believe that China has the perfect ingredient of romance in it which makes it stand out.

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There are a lot of places in China which are famous as the most romantic spots. However, we have summed up the top 4 romantic places in China for you.

1. Chengdu

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This city of 14 million isn’t typically the first place that springs to mind when you mention romance. But don’t forget, Chengdu is famous for one thing: Pandas. What could be more romantic than watching these adorable and cuddly creatures galavanting about, snacking on bamboo and and playing in the leaves!

2. Sanya

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Located on the island of Hainan, Sanya is one of China’s most famous beach resorts, and romance is a constant theme of the destination. Climb up the hill (or catch a bus) to the Luhuitou Park, and you’ll see the famous statue commemorating another romantic Chinese myth. A hunter was stalking a deer, and the beast turned its head towards him. The hunter was about the strike, when the deer suddenly transformed into a beautiful woman. As you explore the park with stunning views of the island and beach below, you’ll find several poetic posters imploring visitors to feel the romance of the place. For all those who want the most luxurious of romantic getaways, the Rosewood has recently opened its new Sanya property. The oceanfront retreat is the perfect place to relax into domestic bliss.

3. Shanghai

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Grab a table at a one of the elite bars and restaurants at the Bund, and watch the impossibly vast Pudong skyline shining out into the distance. As ancient, rusted ships crawl up Huangpu river, you’ll feel a certain tranquility suffused with the energy of the city. To rekindle the thrill of falling in love, we highly recommend zipping through the French Concession on your own sidecar adventure. By some measures the biggest city in the world, Shanghai is a unique place to find romance, but find the right spot and you’ll be enthralled by the city’s man made charms.

4. Tibet

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With serene monasteries, glistening lakes and the tallest mountain in the world, Tibet has enough to leave even the most cynical couples breathless… of course, the high altitude probably helps. If natural beauty and solitude is your idea of romance, then Tibet may be the place for you.

China is full of opportunities for romance, with buzzing cities, natural beauty and amazing cuisine. The place gets all the more richer when you open up to adventure and take a chance on a less conventional romantic escape.

HOLY WAR China burns bibles, closes churches and forces Christians to renounce their faith in latest crackdown

The Chinese government is destroying crosses, burning bibles, closing churches and forcing Christian believers to sign papers renouncing their faith as the crackdown on religious congregations in Beijing and several provinces intensifies.

The suppression of religious freedoms is part of an official government campaign to “Sinicize” religion by demanding loyalty to the atheist Communist party.

The suppression of religious freedoms is part of an official campaign to “Sinicize” religion by demanding loyalty to the atheist Communist party and removing any potential challenge to the party’s power in the country.

“The international community should be alarmed and outraged for this blatant violation of freedom of religion and belief,” Bob Fu of China Aid, said.

“The situation for Chinese #Christians becomes more dire by the day. We are working tirelessly to put maximum pressure on China stop the persecution,” Jay Sekulow, President Trump attorney and Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), wrote in a tweet.

The persecution of Christians in China is nothing new. A report by the watchdog group Freedom House found that Christians and other religious groups in China have been persecuted since 2012

A third of all religious believers in China who belong to a faith group were also found to face “high” to “very high” levels of persecution, which ranges from bureaucratic harassment and economic exploitation to harsh prison terms and even violence, the report said.

But experts and activists say the Chinese government is now waging the most severe suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedoms were granted by the Chinese constitution in 1982.

The escalating anti-Christian campaign coincides with President Xi Jinping recent consolidation of power that made him the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, the notorious communist leader responsible for millions of deaths.

Activists reportedly filmed footage of what appeared to be piles of burning bibles and forms declaring that the signatories had rejected their faith. The authorities allegedly forced the believers to sign the forms or risk being expelled from school or loosing welfare benefits.

A Christian Pastor in the Henan city of Nanyang, whose name was not identified out of fear of retaliation by the authorities, reportedly confirmed that crosses, bibles and furniture were burned during a raid on his church on Sept. 5.

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He added that local authorities were in discussions with the church about reforming it, but no agreement had been reached. According to Chinese laws, religious believers are allowed to worship only in government sanctioned congregations. But many millions of Christians belong to underground or house churches that ignore government regulations.

Officials reportedly disputed the allegations raised by Christians, saying authorities respect religious freedom. The anti-religion campaign affected not only Christian denominations. Around 1 million Uighurs and other members of Muslim minority groups in the country’s northwest have been detained in indoctrination camps where they are forced to denounce Islam and profess loyalty to the Communist Party.

The Chinese government denied setting up the camps for indoctrination, but stressed the importance to tackle extremism. China has an around 38 million Protestants, and some have predicted that the country will have the world’s largest Christian population in a few decades.

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager gets Chinese job

China Football Association (CFA) have appointed former Chelsea manager, Guus Hiddink as the new U-21 coach.

The 71- year old Dutchman has experience with Asian countries, having coached the senior team of Korea Republic where he led them to the last four in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.

A statement from FIFA website on Monday said the China FA posted an article to announce the appointment.

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It reads, “The team will be prepared for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification with the aims of sealing a place at the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games.”

The former Russia and Netherlands manager will begin his tenure with a training camp in October. Should China make it to Tokyo 2020 under Hiddink.

It will be their first appearance at the event since 2008, when they last qualified as hosts.

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The 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification kicks off next March. The top 16 teams will advance to the final tournament, while the top three finishers will represent Asia at the next Men’s Olympic Football Tournament..

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Former Chelsea manager appointed as Chinese Olympic team coach

Former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has been tasked with ensuring China qualify for the finals of the 2020 Olympic Games football tournament after being appointed manager of the country’s under-21 team on Monday.

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Hiddink, 71, becomes the latest big name coach to move to China since the country’s president, Xi Jinping, stated his desire for the nation to become a global football power.

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He joins fellow European Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi on the payroll of the CFA, with the Italian World Cup winner preparing the senior team for the finals of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

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Hiddink’s appointment was announced on the Chinese FA’s official website in a statement that said he will lead the country through to the 2020 Asian Under 23 Championship, which serves as the continent’s final qualifiers for the Olympic Games.

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“There is still a lot of work to do,” Hiddink said in an interview with Dutch media after watching the team perform in a recent friendly tournament.

“To be honest, there were only four or five players in China who I thought: ‘Yes, they are usable.’ The rest came physically, tactically, conditionally and technically pretty short.”

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Hiddink is no stranger to football in the region, having led South Korea to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup before taking Australia to the round of 16 for the first time four years later in Germany. His most recent job saw him work as an interim head coach with Premier League side Chelsea.

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China have not appeared at the Olympic football finals since 2008 when Beijing hosted the Games and the team were given an automatic berth.

Buhari Arrives Abuja From China In Grand Style, With A Lot Of Goodies

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday night, returned to Abuja from China, where he attended the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, Summit.

Recall, that the President departed Nigeria on August 31, alongside nine Ministers and four State Governors.

He was also accompanied by Aisha, his wife, and one of his daughters.

Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, announced his arrival via his Twitter handle.

“After a successful outing at the #FOCAC2018 in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China, President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja, yesterday”, Ahmad wrote.

During his stay in China, Buhari signed a $328 million agreement with China, on the National and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone, NICTIB, Phase II.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said that the NICTIB II project will be executed by Galaxy Backbone Limited and Huawei Technologies Limited, HUAWEI, while funding will come from the Chinese EXIM Bank.

The President also sought support from the Chinese Government, for the speedy completion of the Mambilla power project, in Taraba State.

According to him, Nigeria has benefitted projects worth over $5 billion from China, during his administration.

He also interacted with the Nigerian community in China, during his stay.

Buhari states commitment to 3,050 Megawatts Mambilla power project, ask China for assistance

President  Buhari says his administration remains committed to the realisation of the Mambilla Hydropower Plant project situated in Taraba State. The President said this on Wednesday in Beijing during a meeting with Chinese President, Xi Jinping, where he sought China’s support to build the 3,050 Megawatts hydropower project.

“I told President Xi that the Mambilla Hydropower Plant is Nigeria’s equivalent of China’s Three Gorges Dam, and that I look forward to him joining me for the groundbreaking ceremony in the not-too-distant future,” he was quoted on his Twitter handle.

President Buhari added, “I am fully committed to the realisation of this landmark project. The Mambilla Hydropower Project remains a key priority for our administration.

“Today in Beijing I asked for President Xi‘s support and intervention, for the project. Our hope is to fund it with concessionary loans from China.”

 

The President told Mr Xi that Nigeria’s submission on the project was being assessed by Chinese agencies and sought his intervention to fast-track the process.

The meeting comes one year after the Nigerian Government approved the construction of Mambilla Hydro-Electric Power plant in the sum of $5.792 billion.

The nod was given at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held on August 30, 2017, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, had told State House correspondents that the construction of four dams required would take 72 months. According to him, Nigeria is expected to provide 15 per cent counterpart funding in the joint venture agreement with China.

Meanwhile, President Buhari and Mr Xi met three days after they witnessed the signing of an agreement worth $328m between Nigeria and China for the Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase II (NICTIB II) project.

The concessional loan agreement between Galaxy Backbone Limited and Huawei Technologies Limited (HUAWEI) was signed by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adesoun, and the Director-General of International Development Agency, Wang Xiaotoa.

Nigeria and China also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR).

The OBOR is an initiative of the Chinese president which focuses on improving the cooperation among multiple countries spread across the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.