GITEGA, 31 March 2021 – Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will work with Burundi on joint efforts to safeguard international equity and justice.
News of the commitment came Tuesday in a readout from a phone conversation between Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimye and his Chinese counterpart.
The two countries will continue to firmly support each other on issues related to their core interests, uphold independence and sovereignty, and oppose foreign interference, Burundian officials said of the phone conversation.
China’s Xi described cooperation between China and Burundi as a model of South-South cooperation.
Xi signaled Beijing’s willingness to enhance political and inter-party communication, to deepen exchanges and cooperation between the legislatures of the two countries.
China committed to extend agricultural demonstration centers built by Beijing in Burundi as the latter seeks to achieve food security and the eradication of rural poverty.
The call came on the 100 anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.
Burundian President Ndayishimye said his country firmly supports China’s positions on Taiwan, Xinjiang, and the South China Sea.
He added that Gitega also supports Beijing’s decision on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Burundian exports to China were a total of $5.55 million in 2019, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.