NIAMEY, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador to Niger Xia Huang on Monday denounced "a campaign of attacks and slander" that was being orchestrated against the cooperation between Niger and China.
"For some time now, a campaign of attacks and slander has been orchestrated against the mutual cooperation between Niger and China in general and the two ongoing projects in particular," he declared during a press conference.
These are the projects of uranium exploitation at Azelik in the Agadez region, 900 km north of the capital Niamey, and that of oil exploitation in the Diffa region, 1,400 km northeast of Niamey, with the construction of a refinery at Zinder.
The intoxication campaign is an "assertion that does not respond at all to the reality and one which has a hidden agenda," Xia pointed out.
"Why is it that only the Chinese investments are seen to have negative impacts?" he asked.
"The Nigerien people are eye-witnesses to the benefits of the friendship between the two countries and the direct beneficiaries to the achievements of this multi-form cooperation," the Chinese diplomat said.
To refute these "fallacious and baseless allegations," the Chinese diplomat recalled that oil from African countries to China does not go beyond 13 percent of their total production, while its export to Europe and the United States surpasses 30 percent.