LAGOS, Aug. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- West African United
Business Weekly, the first newspaper in Chinese, was
officially issued on Sunday in Lagos, the commercial
capital of Nigeria.

With the title written by Wan Guoquan, president
of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful
Reunification, the newspaper was issued and
distributed by newly-established West African United
Multimedia Co., Ltd.

In an interview with Xinhua, Qian Guolin,
president of the newspaper, said the publication of
the newspaper "is to meet the requirements of the
Chinese economy which has developed rapidly inthe
economies of Nigeria and other west African nations."

Qian said proudly that the weekly was the first
newspaper in Chinese issued in the west African
region, adding that the publication of the newspaper
signaled that the Chinese people in west Africa "have
made great strides forward in creating and improving
their lives and expanding their businesses."

According to Qian, the newspaper will gradually
expand to be a newspaper published twice a week or
thrice a wee, and eventually become a daily newspaper
when conditions are ripe.

The newspaper was initiated by the Chinese
Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association two
years ago as the association's A4-sized weekly

In the last two years, it has published 50 issues.
As the only newspaper in Chinese, the weekly newspaper
has grown into a standard-sized newspaper and become
one of the most welcomed newspapers among the Chinese

Following fast growth of Chinese-Nigerian
bilateral trade and economic cooperation, more and
more Chinese companies and businessmen have come to
Nigeria, with the number of Chinese people residing in
the country from some 10,000 several years ago to over
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