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Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Biden have exchanged congratulatory messages for the new year, noting the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and China.

In a letter to President Biden, President Xi said, “Over the past 45 years, China-US relations have gone through ups and downs but have generally moved forward, which has not only enhanced the well-being of the two peoples, but also promoted world peace, stability and prosperity. History has and will continue to fully prove that adhering to mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation is the correct way for China and the United States to get along with each other.”

President Xi also expressed his “willingness” to “steer China-US relations, benefit both China and the United States and their people, and promote world peace and development.”

According to Chinese media, President Biden responded that the relationship between the US and China had promoted “prosperity and opportunities” for the US, China, and the world. Biden also noted that he was “committed to responsibly managing this important relationship. I look forward to building on the progress made by our predecessors and our many meetings and discussions as we continue to advance the US-China relationship.”

In addition to President Biden, President Xi also exchanged New Year’s messages with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin. In readouts provided by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Xi declared 2024 a “friendship year” for North Korea and China.

In his exchange with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Xi emphasized the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Russia and advocated for deepening mutually beneficial cooperation.


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