China congratulates Putin on election victory

Beijing, March 5: China Monday congratulated Vladimir Putin for his victory in the Russian presidential election and said it hopes to further improve its ties with Russia.

President Hu Jintao has sent a congratulatory message to Putin, who, as incumbent prime minister, won about 64 percent of the votes in Sunday’s election, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.

“China respects the choice of the Russian people and supports Russia in taking a development mode that fits its own domestic situation,” Liu said at a press briefing.

“We believe Russia will maintain social and political stability, continue economic development and play a greater role in the international arena,” China Daily quoted Liu as saying.

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