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Xi Jinping Sends Congratulatory Message to the Closing Ceremony of China-US Tourism Year 2016

On November 20, 2016 local time, the China-US Tourism Year 2016 concluded in Washington D.C., the capital of the US. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the closing ceremony.

Xi Jinping pointed out that as the China-US Tourism Year 2016 draws to a close, I would like to extend, on behalf of the Chinese government and people and in my own name, warm congratulations on the success of the China-US Tourism Year, and heartfelt thanks to friends who have long been committed to the development of China-US relations, friendly exchanges and cooperation.

Xi Jinping stressed that President Barack Obama and I made the important decision to hold the China-US Tourism Year with a purpose to promote the building of a new model of China-US major-country relations, advance bilateral practical cooperation and enhance the friendship between the people of both countries. With concerted efforts of both sides, the China-US Tourism Year has been marked with colorful and fruitful events, which have expanded personnel exchanges between the two countries, propelled practical cooperation in various areas and injected new impetus into China-US relations.

Xi Jinping noted that the development of China-US relations requires the participation and support of the two peoples. It is hoped that the two sides will build on the success of the China-US Tourism Year to constantly strengthen personnel exchanges and people-to-people and cultural exchanges and promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples in a bid to continuously consolidate the social foundation for the development of China-US relations.

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