Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sent a congratulatory message to Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulating him on his re-election to a historic third term.
In the letter, Putin called Xi his “friend” and praised the “strategic cooperation” and “fruitful” relations between the two countries.
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In a statement released by the Kremlin on Friday, Putin said: “Dear friend, please accept our warmest congratulations on the occasion of your re-election.”
“Russia attaches great importance to your personal contribution to strengthening ties and strategic cooperation between our countries,” Putin wrote.
Xi won his third five-year term as president on Friday, following a vote by the country’s mostly ceremonial legislature.
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“I am sure that working together, we will ensure the development of fruitful Russian-Chinese cooperation in all kinds of different fields,” the letter continues. “We will continue to coordinate joint work on the most important regional and international issues.”
The message ends with a wish for good health and prosperity in the years to come.
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National People’s Congress Voted 0 to 2,952 to re-elect Xi, who is 69, on his way to remaining in power for life.
Xi’s victory was a foregone conclusion as he sidelined potential rivals and filled top governance positions Communist Party With his supporters since coming to power for the first time in 2012.
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With the extension of the presidency, Xi was unanimously named commander People’s Liberation Army, The formal name for China’s military.
Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.
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