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President Jiang Congratulates East Timor's Independence

Chinese President Jiang Zemin Monday congratulated East Timor President Xanana Gusmao on East Timor's independence.

Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, who was in Dili to attend the independence celebrations, conveyed the message to President Gusmao.

The message said, "On the occasion of the proclamation of independence of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, I wish to extend, on behalf of the Government and people of the People's Republic of China and in my own name, our warm congratulations and best wishes to Your Excellency and, through Your Excellency, to your Government and people."

"The smooth fruition of the independence process of East Timor opens a new chapter in the history of your country. I have every confidence that, under your leadership and through the joint endeavors of your people, the newborn Democratic Republic of East Timor will enjoy an even brighter future," the message said.

It added, "The traditional friendship between the people of China and the people of East Timor dates back to ancient times.

Over the recent years, the two sides have kept up exchanges and cooperation in political, economic, trade and other fields."

"The establishment of diplomatic relations between China and East Timor on the occasion of the proclamation of independence of your country lays a solid foundation for the future development of the bilateral relations. I am ready to work relentlessly with Your Excellency to constantly promote the good neighborly and friendly ties and cooperation between China and East Timor."

Full text of the message:

Your Excellency,

On the occasion of the proclamation of independence of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, I wish to extend, on behalf of the government and people of the People's Republic of China and in my own name, our warm congratulations and best wishes to Your Excellency and, through Your Excellency, to your government and people.

The smooth fruition of the independence process of East Timor opens a new chapter in the history of your country. I have every confidence that, under your leadership and through the joint endeavors of your people, the newborn Democratic Republic of East Timor will enjoy an even brighter future.

The traditional friendship between the people of China and the people of East Timor dates back to ancient times. Over recent years, the two sides have kept up exchanges and cooperation in political, economic, trade and other fields.

The establishment of diplomatic relations between China and East Timor on the occasion of the proclamation of independence of your country lays a solid foundation for the future development of bilateral relations. I am ready to work relentlessly with Your Excellency to constantly promote the good neighborly and friendly ties and cooperation between China and East Timor.

May the Democratic Republic of East Timor enjoy prosperity and its people well being.

May Your Excellency enjoy good health and every success.

(People's Daily May 20, 2002)


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