Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s third-biggest oil producer donates $2m (£1.5m) to aid China as it battles the coronavirus.
And yes, this sounds completely ridiculous considering the fact that China boasts the world’s second-biggest economy after the US, and its GDP of $13.6tr dwarfs Equatorial Guinea’s $13.4bn.
The decision was reached after a cabinet meeting this week chaired by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
China has always been a very strong and loyal supporter of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and this contribution is a demonstration that Equatorial Guinea stands in solidarity with China and its people as it fights a global outbreak that has already cost too many lives.Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons said about the gesture.
Our ongoing Year of Investment Initiative will be a testimony to the depth of our cooperation and relationship with China. It is a pleasure for Equatorial Guinea to support its partner in times of need.
The country has benefited from China through significant investments from the areas of telecommunication, public sector infrastructure and technology, Beijing is a close partner of Malabo.
World Health Organization indicates that the coronavirus as of 6am Geneva time on February 5, 2020; had affected 24,363 people in China, and 490 deaths.