|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Remarks on the Passing of Tanzanian President John Magufuli|
Q: The Tanzanian government announced on March 17 that President John Magufuli passed away due to an illness. Has the Chinese side extended condolences to the Tanzanian side? How does China comment on President John Magufuli?
A: President John Magufuli attached great importance to developing relations with China and made important contributions to bilateral cooperation in various fields. We express deep condolences over his passing and sincere sympathies to his family and the government of Tanzania.
President Magufuli was an outstanding leader and a staunch defender of national sovereignty against foreign interference. He led the Tanzanian people in advancing national economic and social development and enjoyed their strong support. China highly values its profound traditional friendship with Tanzania. At this moment of grief, the Chinese people's hearts are with our friends in Tanzania.