President of People’s Republic of China
The bell for the year 2012 is about to ring. At this beautiful moment of bidding farewell to the old and ushering in the new, via China Radio International, China National Radio and China Central Television, I am delighted to extend the New Year greetings to Chinese of all ethnic groups, to compatriots in Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions and in Taiwan, to overseas Chinese and to friends all over the world!
2011 saw the start of the 12th five-year plan for China’s national development. Facing complex international situation and arduous tasks in continuing domestic reforms, development and stability, Chinese people have united in their undertakings. We have continued to promote reform and opening-up as well as the socialist modernization drive. We have maintained a stable and relatively fast economic growth. New progress has also been made in building a well-off society in an all-round way. China has strengthened friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation with the rest of the world, and actively participated in the efforts made by the international community in promoting world economic growth and financial stability, improving economic management and resolving international and regional hot issues. Therefore it has made further contributions to world peace and development.