BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- China has congratulated Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on his re-election as Turkmenistan's president, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.
China respects the choice made by the Turkmen people and supports Turkmenistan in walking the path best suited its own situation, Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing.
"We believe that Turkmenistan will maintain political stability and prosperity and make more achievements under the leadership of Berdymukhamedov," Geng said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Berdymukhamedov Monday.
Geng said that China is ready to work with the Turkmenistan side to strengthen mutual support and strategic coordination, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields, and advance bilateral ties.
Berdymukhamedov secured his third term in Sunday's presidential election with a landslide victory, according to preliminary data released on Monday by Turkmenistan's Central Election Commission.