Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday congratulated newly sworn in Seychelles President Danny Faure for his new role.
Faure took over the presidency after thousands marched through the capital of the East African island nation to support him following the resignation of the previous president James Michel.
Michel announced his resignation in September amid growing public frustration over economic inequality.
In his message, President Xi said that the two countries enjoy long-time friendship, and that China attaches great importance to its relations with Seychelles.
Xi pledged to work with Seychelles to push bilateral relations to new levels for the benefit of the two peoples.