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Hu Jintao Congratulates New Indian President Patil
2007-07-26 00:00

On July 25, 2007, Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a congratulatory message to Pratibha Patil on her swearing-in as the Indian President.

"On the occasion of your swearing-in as the Indian President, I wish to extend my warm congratulations and best wishes," Hu said in the message.

China and India, as two big developing countries, are important neighboring nations. Both sides should strengthen good-neighborly friendship and expand all-round cooperation, so as to benefit the people of the two countries as well as to promote peace and development in Asia and the world at large, the message said. "I am willing to work hard together with you on enhancing the Sino-Indian strategic cooperative partnership, and to open this new chapter of friendship of good-neighborliness and all-round cooperation between our two countries in the new century," Hu added.

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