Xi Jinping Sends a Message to Congratulate New Emperor Naruhito of Japan on His Succession to the Throne

On May 1, 2019, President Xi Jinping sent a message to congratulate new Emperor Naruhito of Japan on his succession to the throne. Xi Jinping said separated only by a narrow strip of water, China and Japan are close neighbors with a long history of friendship. The two sides should make joint efforts to promote peace and development and work towards a bright future for bilateral relations.

On the same day, Xi Jinping also conveyed greetings and good wishes to Emperor Emeritus Akihito of Japan, who abdicated the throne the day before.

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