Q: It is reported that the Algerian presidential palace said in a statement on September 17 that the former President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika passed away. What is China's comment on that?
A: China expresses deep condolences over the passing of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and extends sincere sympathy to his family. Mr. Bouteflika is an outstanding statesman and leader of national liberation movements in Algeria, the Arab world and Africa. He is also an old friend of the Chinese people. Fifty years ago, as the then Foreign Minister of Algeria, he made important contributions to China's restoration of its lawful seat in the United Nations. During his term as Algerian President, he actively promoted the development of China-Algeria relations, deepened bilateral friendly cooperation and enhanced the friendship between the two peoples. China is ready to work with Algeria to push for new progress in China-Algeria comprehensive strategic partnership.