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Xi Jinping Speaks with Tanzanian President John Magufuli on the Phone

2020/12/15

On the evening of December 15, 2020, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

Xi Jinping once again congratulated Magufuli on his re-election as Tanzanian president. Xi Jinping pointed out that the traditional friendship between the two countries was forged by the elder generations of their leaders. China always views and develops its relations with Tanzania from a strategic and long-term perspective. No matter how the international and regional situation changes, China will always be Tanzania's reliable friend and comrade. China firmly supports Tanzania pursuing its independent development path in line with its national conditions, and is ready to work with Tanzania to intensify high-level exchanges, consolidate political mutual trust, and continue to firmly support each other on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns. China supports more Chinese enterprises investing in Tanzania, and stands ready to expand cooperation in infrastructure construction, resource development, agriculture, manufacturing and other fields. China is willing to work with Tanzania to synergize development strategies of the two countries and jointly implement the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit On Solidarity Against COVID-19, boost cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and promote the comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and Tanzania to a deeper and more solid level, so as to make contributions to the building of a China-Africa community with a shared future.

Magufuli thanked China for its solid political support before and after Tanzania's presidential election, and spoke highly of the great achievements China has scored under President Xi Jinping's outstanding leadership. Over the years, Tanzania-China relations have maintained sound development, and Tanzania has greatly benefited from China's considerable assistance for the country's economic and social development. Tanzania regards China as an important and reliable friend, and stands ready to consolidate traditional friendship, strengthen exchange of experiences in state governance, and deepen cooperation in economy, trade, investment, agriculture, tourism and other fields with China. Tanzania firmly supports China's position on Xinjiang and Hong Kong issues, which concern China's core interests, and stays committed to taking an active part in Belt and Road cooperation. Tanzania is ready to play an active role in pushing forward cooperation under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and Africa-China solidarity.

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