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Xi Jinping Accepts Credentials from Eleven Newly-appointed Ambassadors to China

On the morning of December 5, 2017, President Xi Jinping accepted credentials presented by eleven newly-appointed Ambassadors to China at the Great Hall of the People.

Beijing was bathed in winter sunshine under a clear, cloudless blue sky. The guard of honor lined up on both sides of the red carpet outside the North Gate of the Great Hall of the People. The trumpeters blew the horns to greet guests. Newly-appointed Ambassadors to China arrived successively. They walked up the stairs and entered the Beijing Hall. The Ambassadors presented credentials to Xi Jinping in succession in front of the aerial photograph of Beijing. Xi Jinping warmly shook hands and posed for photos with them. These eleven newly-appointed Ambassadors are Norwegian Ambassador to China Geir O. Pedersen, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to China Noh Young-min, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to China Ali Obaid Ali Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri, Romanian Ambassador to China Vasilica Constantinescu, Gambian Ambassador to China Faye Ceesay, Ethiopian Ambassador to China Berhane Gebre-Christos, Spanish Ambassador to China Alberto Carnero Fernández, Lebanese Ambassador to China Milia Jabbour, Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale, Turkish Ambassador to China Abdulkadir Emin Önen, and Portuguese Ambassador to China José Augusto Duarte.

Xi Jinping welcomed all Ambassadors to China to assume their new posts in China and asked them to convey his sincere greetings and sound wishes to relevant state leaders and their people. Xi Jinping noted that the Chinese government will provide convenience and support for them to fulfill their duties. It is hoped that they will make positive contributions to promoting friendship and bilateral relations between China and their countries. Xi Jinping pointed out that China stands ready to, together with various countries, enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation, strive for more positive achievements, strengthen cooperation in international affairs, and stand together through thick and thin and hand in hand, so as to achieve common development and make contributions to peace, stability and prosperity of the world.

The Ambassadors extended their sincere congratulations on the complete success of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and spoke highly of the worldwide influence of the outcomes of the 19th CPC National Congress. They conveyed respective state leaders' warm regards to Xi Jinping and their sincere congratulations on Xi Jinping's re-election as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee. They feel greatly honored to serve as ambassadors to China as China is entering a new era, and stand ready to make active efforts to facilitate mutual understanding and friendship between their countries and China as well as advance practical cooperation towards deeper levels and broader fields.

Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee Ding Xuexiang was present at the above activities.

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