Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said that the NPC's electing Xi as president fully affirms Xi's outstanding governing capability and noble quality of serving the people, and he would like to join Xi in making unremitting efforts to further strengthen the friendly cooperation between China and Mali.
US President Donald Trump said that high-level talks have started between officials of the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as he will probably meet DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un in May or early June outside the US.
China and Russia have also maintained close and effective coordination in international and regional affairs, and have made important contributions in preserving world peace and stability, Xi said.
While the reform and opening-up drive, which began 40 years ago, has made amazing progress, it brought major changes to the country's Constitution.
Xiang had served as vice-president of the People's Bank of China, Party secretary and president of Agricultural Bank of China and chairman of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission.
"Xi praised us that we are still studying although we have retired, and he encouraged us to take good care of ourselves and enjoy life," Liu said. "He looked so easygoing. All of us were so excited."