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Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10:06
Chinese leaders send messages of condolence to NZ over shootings
By Xinhua
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10:06 By Xinhua

Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. (MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy on Friday over the deadly shooting incidents earlier Friday in New Zealand's Christchurch City.

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In his message, Xi said he was shocked to learn about the serious shooting incidents which have caused heavy casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and in his own name, Xi expressed deep sympathy with and sincere condolences to the New Zealand government and the New Zealand people, while expressing grief for the victims and wishing the injured an early recovery.

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Also on Friday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, expressing grief for the victims while extending sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved families.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denounced the shooting attacks

"China denounces the incident, offers condolences to the victims and extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured," spokesperson Lu Kang said.

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