Chinese chief political advisor Jia Qinglin said Monday that China hopes to enhance cooperation with Burundi so as to upgrade China-Burundi ties to a higher level.
"Burundi is a trustworthy and sincere friend of China. The traditional friendly cooperative ties between China and Burundi are showing new vitality in the new ear," Jia told Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, who is in China for the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held on Nov. 4-5..
Jia said China will continue to support Burundi's efforts in seeking national reconciliation and promoting peace process.
"China is also ready to further cooperation with Burundi in the areas of education, health and personnel training," said Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the country's top political advisory body.
He also expressed China's appreciation for Burundi for its firm adherence to the one-China policy.
Nkurunziza said Burundi is satisfied with the smooth development of bilateral ties.
He thanked China for its long-term support and help, saying that China's assistance has had important impact on the improvement of Burundi people's life.
He also reiterated that Burundi is firmly committed to the one-China policy.
Nkurunziza arrived in China last Friday. He and other 47 leaders and representatives of African countries attended the two-day Beijing summit, which is believed to be the largest diplomatic event between China and Africa since 1949.
Before coming to the Chinese capital, the Burundian president had visited the economically booming province of Guangdong in south China and the rather underdeveloped province of Guizhou in the southwest.
China and Burundi restored diplomatic relations on Oct. 13, 1971. Bilateral trade hit 12.22 million U.S. dollars in 2005.