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There’s a Huge Difference in How China Responded to the Coups in Burkina Faso and Guinea

Demonstrators gathering in Burkina Faso hold a picture of Colonel Aissimi Goita (L), the Malian military officer who has served as interim President of Mali since May 24, 2021, and of Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, the leader of the mutiny and of the Patriotic Movement for Protection and Restoration. OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT / AFP

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded on Tuesday to the military overthrow of democratically-elected Burkinabé President Fas Roch Marc Christian Kaboré with a call to “restore normal order” and “resolve differences through dialogue.” 

Zhao, speaking at the regular foreign ministry press briefing in Beijing, also noted that the embassy in Ouagadougou issued a standard security alert for its nationals in the country and added that “China will spare no effort to protect the safety of (the 500) Chinese citizens in the country.”

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