Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen, greetings to you all!

The year 2021 is arriving. From China’s capital Beijing, I extend my New Year wishes to you all!

2020
was an extraordinary year. Facing the sudden coronavirus pandemic, we
put people and their lives first to interpret the great love among
humans. With solidarity and resilience, we wrote the epic of our fight
against the pandemic.

During the days when we addressed the
hardships together, we saw the heroic spirit of marching straight to the
frontlines, holding posts with tenacity, taking responsibility to get
through thick and thin, sacrifices with bravery, and touching moments of
helping each other.

From medical workers to the people’s army,
from scientific researchers to community workers, from volunteers to
those who built the projects, from seniors to youths born after the
1990s and 2000s, numerous people fulfilled their missions at the cost of
their lives and protected humanity with sincere love.

They
pooled their drops of strength into tremendous power and built an iron
wall to safeguard lives. Many figures marched ahead without hesitation,
many relays were accomplished hand in hand, many scenes showed touching
moments, all these vividly illustrate the great spirit of fighting
against the pandemic.

Greatness is forged in the ordinary. Heroes come from the people. Every person is remarkable!

Our sympathy goes to all the unfortunate ones infected with the coronavirus! We salute all the ordinary heroes!

I
am proud of our great motherland and people, as well as the unyielding
national spirit. Only in hard times can courage and perseverance be
manifested. Only after polishing can a piece of jade be finer. We
overcame the impact of the pandemic, and made great achievements in
coordinating prevention and control and in economic and social
development.

The 13th Five-Year Plan has been accomplished in
full. The 14th Five-Year Plan is being comprehensively formulated. We
are accelerating the pace to set up a new pattern for development, and
are deeply implementing high-quality development.

China is the
first major economy worldwide to achieve positive growth, and its GDP in
2020 is expected to step up to a new level of 100 trillion yuan. China
has seen a good harvest in grain production for 17 years in a row. China
has seen breakthroughs in scientific explorations like the Tianwen-1
(Mars mission), Chang’e-5 (lunar probe), and Fendouzhe (deep-sea manned
submersible). Construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port is proceeding
with vigor.

We also defeated severe flooding. With the military
and civilians heedless of danger and difficulty, and standing in unity,
we managed to minimize the damage of the floods.

I inspected 13
provincial-level regions and was glad to see people carefully
implementing coronavirus prevention and control measures, racing against
time to resume work and production, and sparing no efforts to advance
innovation.

Everywhere were vibrant scenes of confident,
resilient people making the most of every minute. In 2020, China made
the historic achievement of establishing a moderately prosperous society
in all respects and achieved decisive success in eradicating extreme
poverty.

We launched the final assault on the fortress of entrenched rural poverty, and cracked this “hardest nut.”

Through
8 years, under the current standard, China has eradicated extreme
poverty for the nearly 100 million rural people affected, and all the
832 impoverished counties have shaken off poverty.

These years, I
have visited 14 contiguous areas of dire poverty. The unremitting
efforts of the folks and the wholehearted contribution of the
poverty-eradication cadres often come to my mind.

We still need
to stay tenacious like a bamboo deeply rooted in the rocks, keep our
feet on the ground, and work hard to paint a magnificent picture of
rural vitalization, and steadily march ahead towards the goal of common
prosperity.

This year, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of
the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, among others, and 30 years of the
development and opening-up of Pudong in Shanghai. As I stood on the
southern coast as the spring tide surged and on the colorful bank of the
Huangpu River, my mind was filled with a myriad of thoughts.

Pilot
trials have become models and leading forces, and explorations to
innovate have become leading forces of innovation. The opening-up and
reform has created miracles of development. In the future, we should
further deepen reform and expand opening-up with greater courage, and
create more “Stories of Spring.”

We are not alone on the Great
Way and the whole world is one family. After a year of hardship, we can
understand more than ever the significance of a community with a shared
future for mankind.

I had many phone calls with friends from the
international community, both old and new, and attended many “cloud
conferences.” What we discussed most was staying united to combat the
pandemic.

We still have a long way to go in pandemic prevention
and control. People from all over the world should join hands and
support each other to early dispel the gloom of the pandemic and strive
for a better “Earth home.”

2021 will see the 100th birthday of
the Communist Party of China. Its 100-year journey surges forward with
great momentum. Its original aspiration remains even firmer one hundred
years later.

From Shikumen in Shanghai to the South Lake in
Jiaxing City, the small red boat (where the first CPC congress
concluded) bore the great trust of the people and the hope of the
nation. The boat has sailed through turbulent rivers and treacherous
shoals, and has voyaged across violent tidal waves, becoming a great
ship that navigates China’s stable and long-term development.

The
CPC bears its eternal great cause in mind, and the centenary only
ushers in the prime of life. We adhere to putting people at the center,
stay true to our original aspiration, keep our mission well in mind,
break the waves and sail out for our journey ahead, and we will
certainly realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

At
the historic crossroad of the “Two Centenary Goals,” the new journey of
comprehensively building a modern socialist country is about to start.
The road ahead is long; striving is the only way forward. We have
strived, broken through brambles and thorns, and crossed ten thousand
rivers and thousands of mountains.

We will continue to strive,
march ahead with courage, and create brighter glory! At just this
moment, the festive lanterns have been lit, and family members gather
for reunion. The New Year is coming. I wish our land to be splendid, our
country to be prosperous, and our people to live in peace. I wish you
all a harmonious, smooth and auspicious year, full of happiness!

Thank you!

Source: CGTN