Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on March 19, 2019
Q: According to media reports, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria announced that he would not seek reelection. There have been mass demonstrations for some time in Algeria protesting against President Bouteflika's staying in office. Does China have any comments?
A: China noted that President Bouteflika of Algeria announced that he would not seek reelection and wouldhold inclusive national dialogue to advance political reform. As an influential country in Africa and the Arab world, Algeria's stability is a matter of fundamental interest to its people and has a bearing on the regional peace and tranquility. China is committed to the principle of not interfering in other country's internal affairs. We believe the Algerian people have the wisdom and capability to find a development path consistent with its national conditions. It is our sincere hope that the political agenda in Algeria will see smooth progress.