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Xi Jinping Sends Congratulatory Message to Maithripala Sirisena on His Election as President of Sri Lanka

On January 9, 2015, President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Maithripala Sirisena on his election as President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

In his congratulatory message, Xi Jinping said that China and Sri Lanka are traditional friendly neighbors. Since the establishment of diplomatic relationship, China-Sri Lanka relations have withstood the test of time, becoming a paradigm of friendly coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation between neighboring countries. In recent years, China and Sri Lanka have set up a strategic cooperative partnership featuring sincerity, mutual assistance and friendship from generation to generation. The two countries have kept expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible interests to the two peoples. China regards Sri Lanka as a reliable friend and partner. I attach great importance to the development of relations with Sri Lanka and I am willing to make concerted efforts with the Sri Lankan side to promote the China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership to higher levels.

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