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Xi Jinping has received congratulations on becoming President of the People’s Republic of China from leaders from around the world, some of whom even won proper legitimate elections.
Russian president Vladimir Putin congratulated his Chinese counterpart, hailing the two sides’ “strategic partnership” and calling for even closer ties. Commentators have suggested that Xi may seek to ‘pivot’ to Russia in an attempt to counterbalance America’s increasing influence in Asia. In Putin’s most recent pretend election, the Russian strongman won a paltry 63.60 percent of the vote, compared to Xi’s crushing 99.86 percent victory.
Leaders of Japan and the Philippines, which have territorial disputes with China, also offered their congratulations.
Across the strait, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council also congratulated Xi on becoming “the mainland’s new leader”, and called for continuous cross-strait efforts to promote happiness and well-being for the people on both sides under the principle of “shelving disputes in order to create a win-win situation across the strait”.
In Tokyo, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular briefing that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a congratulatory message to Xi.
“The relationship with China is one of the most important international relationships for Japan,” Suga said, adding that Japan wanted to work with Xi in the spirit of a “mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests”.
US President Barack Obama called Xi following the latter’s victory to personally congratulate him.
The President underscored his firm commitment to increasing practical cooperation to address Asia’s and the world’s most pressing economic and security challenges. Both leaders agreed on the value of regular high-level engagement to expand cooperation and coordination.
The President highlighted the threat to the United States, its allies, and the region from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and stressed the need for close coordination with China to ensure North Korea meets its denuclearization commitments.
President Obama welcomed China’s G-20 commitment to move towards a more flexible exchange rate, and he underscored the importance of working together to expand trade and investment opportunities and to address issues such as the protection of intellectual property rights.
The two leaders agreed to maintain frequent and direct communication.
China’s new president also received the much sought after dictator’s stamp of approval, receiving congratulations from despots such as DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, and Uzbek President Islam Karimov.