The Chinese government has denied any involvement in the funding of terrorism and issued a statement to that effect.
The statement was released through the Chinese mission in Abuja, Nigeria, via its official Twitter handle.
The denial was in response to an article in a British newspaper, The Times, which accused Chinese nationals in Nigeria’s mining sector of funding terrorist groups to gain access to the country’s mineral resources. The Chinese government expressed dissatisfaction with the report’s unverified, unclear, and unproven information and affirmed that it has always urged its nationals and companies in Nigeria to abide by the country’s laws and regulations.
The Chinese government stated that it would never participate in any form of funding terrorism and condemned the allegations in the report as “totally irresponsible and unethical.” The statement also emphasized the tangible benefits of bilateral cooperation between China and Nigeria and expressed a willingness to continue working with the Nigerian government to promote development and address security issues.
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