“Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan of China paid a courtesy call where he presented me with the new year greetings of President Xi Jinping,” Rajapaksa tweeted.China continues to maintain a very close relationship with Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent New Year greetings to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The greeting was conveyed to Rajapaksa by the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan, today.