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Xi Jinping Accepts Credentials from Eight New Ambassadors to China

On March 17, 2017, President Xi Jinping accepted credentials presented by eight new Ambassadors to China at the Great Hall of the People.

In the early spring, Beijing is full of breezy and sunny. The honor guard lined up on both sides of the stairs outside the North Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Newly-appointed Ambassadors to China walked up the stairs as trumpeters blew the welcoming horns. The Ambassadors entered the Beijing Hall to present credentials to Xi Jinping. These eight new Ambassadors to China are Israeli Ambassador to China Zvi Heifetz, Iraqi Ambassador to China Ahmed Berwari, Jamaican Ambassador to China Antonia Hugh, Tanzanian Ambassador to China Mbelwa Brighton Kairuki, Slovakian Ambassador to China Dusan Bella, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, Thai Ambassador to China Piriya Khempon, and Canadian Ambassador to China John McCallum.

Xi Jinping welcomed all Ambassadors to assume their new posts in China, asked them to convey his sincere greetings and sound wishes to relevant state leaders and their people, and pointed out that the Chinese government will provide convenience and support for them to fulfill their duties. It is hoped that every Ambassador will make positive contributions to enhancing the friendship between the two peoples and promoting the development of bilateral relations during their tenure. Xi Jinping pleasantly reviewed his friendly exchanges with relevant state leaders, positively appraised China’s sound relations and traditional friendship with various countries, and pointed out that attaching great importance to developing relations with various countries, China is willing to enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation in various fields, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and strengthen cooperation in international affairs, so as to achieve common development and benefit the two countries and the two peoples.

The Ambassadors from various countries warmly congratulated China on the successful convening of the two sessions, and spoke positively of China’s development achievements and its role in international affairs. The Ambassadors conveyed respective state leaders’ warm greetings to Xi Jinping, and wished China prosperity and strength and the Chinese people health and happiness. The Ambassadors expressed that their countries attaches great importance to developing relations with China, and looked forward to actively participating in building of the “Belt and Road” construction. They felt deeply honored to serve as Ambassadors to China during this period and will commit to promoting the development of friendly relations between their own countries and China.

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