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Xi Jinping Meets with President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Horacio Muratore

On the evening of August 30, 2019, President Xi Jinping met with President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Horacio Muratore in Beijing.

Xi Jinping pointed out, basketball is a sport that has an important influence in the world and is also deeply loved by the Chinese people. China attaches great importance to the development of basketball, actively participates in the international basketball cause, and supports the FIBA's efforts for the development of basketball. It is believed that this year's Basketball World Cup will be an unforgettable and wonderful event.

Xi Jinping emphasized, China's sports cause has witnessed great achievements since the founding of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago. Sports are an important part of both country's prosperity and the people's healthy and happy lives. China is building itself into a leading sports nation. We are willing to continue to cooperate with the FIBA to promote the popularization and improvement of basketball in China.

Horacio Muratore thanked President Xi Jinping for attending the opening ceremony of this year's Basketball World Cup, thanked the Chinese government for its long-term support for the FIBA's work, and appreciated the Chinese side's excellent preparations for hosting this year's Basketball World Cup. It is believed this year's Basketball World Cup will be the most successful event in the history of basketball in the world. He said, the FIBA attaches importance to cooperation with China and is willing to contribute to the development of the Chinese basketball cause.

Ding Xuexiang, Sun Chunlan, Yang Jiechi, Cai Qi, Wang Yi and others were present.

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