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Chinese vice president visits conflict-scarred Burundi

Posted May 10

— Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao has arrived in Burundi for a two-day state visit.

Yuanchao was welcomed to the capital, Bujumbura, by his Burundian counterpart, Vice President Gaston Sindimwo, on Wednesday.

Yuanchao is expected to meet Thursday with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose government receives foreign aid from China.

He will also visit projects that are supported by China, including technical schools and a new presidential palace that is still under construction.

Burundi is trying to recover from a violent conflict that followed Nkurunziza's decision in April 2015 to seek a disputed third term which he ultimately won.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the violence.

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