Burundian President Dismisses Report accusing China of spying on AU

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President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi says the recent allegation that China is spying on African Union is another media fabrication of the Western press to distabilise the continent because of its closeness to China

 

PRESIDENT Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi said a recent report accusing China of spying on the African Union, AU, is groundless and has been fabricated by Western media to drive a wedge between Africa and China.

Nkurunziza told Chinese media in an interview that the spying reports released ahead of the 30th AU summit aims to divide Africa and China at a time when China remains an irreplaceable partner of the AU.

Le Monde, the French newspaper, alleged that China had bugged the building it had built and gifted to the AU in 2012 and had been downloading data from servers in the building.

Nkurunziza said this was not the first time that Western media had tried to divide countries and stir up hatred.

He said China and Africa were friends working together, and their relationship is characterised by mutual respect and a win-win spirit.

On cooperation between China and African countries, Nkurunziza said the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, was a very good opportunity to deepen the cooperation and relations between China and Africa.

He said he was very grateful for China’s invitation for Burundi to participate in this year’s FOCAC summit to be held in Beijing.

“Burundi is very willing to take part in this important event,” he said.

Nkurunziza said since the founding of FOCAC, China had been providing great support for Africa to help promote the region’s development through the forum, from which Burundi has benefited a lot.

He said the upcoming FOCAC summit would be a good opportunity for Burundi and China to deepen the bilateral cooperation based on mutual trust and mutual benefits, and a great chance for other African countries to expand ties with China.

Nkurunziza said cooperation between Burundi and China was the most dynamic one among Burundi’s partnerships, while hailing China as a reliable brother country.

According to statistics from the Chinese Embassy in Burundi, the trade volume between the two countries reached $46 million in 2015.

China imports a large amount of coffee and tea from Burundi, and exports telecommunication products, textiles and computers to Burundi.

Nkurunziza said China had been more than a partner because China stood by the Burundian people even during the most difficult times in the past.

“At present China has also been actively supporting Burundi in the international arena,” he added.

Nkurunziza also congratulated President Xi Jinping of China on his re-election as general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

He said it was Xi’s leadership that had empowered Sino-Burundian cooperation.

On the occasion of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, Nkurunziza wished the Chinese people a happy Chinese New Year.

He also said he wished this year would be another dynamic one for Sino-Africa relations and also relations between Burundi and China.

– Feb. 7, 2018 @ 17:59 GMT |

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