On New Year’s eve, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered his 2023 New Year Address through China Media Group and the internet.
In his address, XI started with greetings to all Chinese people by saying in 2022, we successfully convened the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
An ambitious blueprint has been drawn for building a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization.
The Chinese economy has remained the second largest in the world and enjoyed sound development. GDP for the whole year is expected to exceed 120 trillion Yuan. Despite a global food crisis, we have secured a bumper harvest for the 19th year in a row, putting us in a stronger position to ensure the food supply of the Chinese people.
We have consolidated our gains in poverty elimination and advanced rural revitalization across the board. We have also introduced tax and fee cuts and other measures to ease the burden on businesses and made active efforts to solve the most pressing challenges of high concern to the people.
Since Covid-19 struck, we have put the people first and put life first all along. Following a science-based and targeted approach, we have adapted our Covid response in light of the evolving situation to protect the life and health of the people to the greatest extent possible.
Officials and the general public, particularly medical professionals and community workers, have bravely stuck to their posts through it all. With extraordinary efforts, we have prevailed over unprecedented difficulties and challenges, and it has not been an easy journey for anyone.
We have now entered a new phase of the Covid response where tough difficulties remain. Everyone is holding on with great fortitude, and the light of hope is right in front of us. Let’s make an extra effort to pull through, as perseverance and solidarity mean victory.
Prominent leader Jiang Zemin passed away in 2022. We paid high tribute to his towering achievements and noble demeanor, and cherish the great legacy he left behind. We will honor his last wishes and advance the cause of socialism with Chinese ideologies in the new era.
Today China is a country where dreams become reality. The Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games concluded with a resounding success. Chinese winter sports athletes gave their all and achieved extraordinary results.
Shenzhou-13, Shenzhou-14, and Shenzhou-15 soared into orbit. China’s Space Station was fully completed and our “home in space” is roving in the deep-blue sky.
The people’s armed forces marked the 95th birthday and all service members are marching confidently on the great journey of building a strong military. China’s third aircraft carrier Fujianwas launched.
C919, China’s first large passenger aircraft, was delivered. And the Baihetan hydro power station went into full operation. None of these achievements would have been possible without the sweat and toil of numerous Chinese people.
Today’s China is a country brimming with vigor and vitality. Various pilot free trade zones and the Hainan Free Trade Port are booming, innovations are gushing out in the coastal areas, development is picking up pace in the central and western regions, the momentum for revitalization is building in the Northeast, and there is greater development and affluence in the border regions.
The Chinese economy enjoys strong resilience, tremendous potential, and great vitality. The fundamentals sustaining its long-term growth have remained strong. As long as we stay confident and strive for progress while maintaining stability, we will realize the goals we have set.
On my visit to Hong Kong earlier this year, I was glad to see that Hong Kong has restored order and is set to thrive again. With the determined implementation of One Country, Two Systems, Hong Kong and Macao will surely enjoy long-term prosperity and stability.
The Chinese President XI Jinping appreciated and thanked the people of China for the success of a whole process in the year 2022.