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Brussels, 14 March 2013

Joint letter of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to H.E. Mr Xi Jinping

Joint letter of José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, congratulating H.E. Mr Xi Jinping on his appointment to the Presidency of the People's Republic of China:

"Dear President Xi,

On behalf of the European Union, we would like to send you our congratulations for your appointment to the Presidency of the People's Republic of China and express our best wishes for your new position.

This year is particularly meaningful for the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which celebrates its 10th anniversary since its establishment in 2013. The EU is convinced of the importance of bringing forward our relationship in these challenging times and at an important juncture for China's development.

We are confident that, under your leadership, the EU and China will continue to enhance their joint efforts to promote peace and security, strengthen their economic and trade partnership, address global challenges, encourage people-to-people exchanges and promote rule of law. The preparation of the next EU-China Summit foreseen in the autumn, in China will provide us with the opportunity of reinforcing our cooperation in a forward-looking way.

We are looking forward to further exchanges with you on these subjects at the next opportunity."

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