Beijing, 24 January 2023 (TDI): World leaders and organizations have been sending New Year’s greetings to the Chinese people.
China celebrates the Year of the Rabbit, which runs from 22 January 2023 to 9 February 2024, according to the Chinese Zodiac.
International Monetary Fund
Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva extended her greetings to everyone celebrating the Year of the Rabbit.
She underlined that “rabbit embodies calm, peace and prosperity”. She also hopes the “good implications of the rabbit will “translate into the world community together to address our common challenges. ”
World Trade Organization (WTO)
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala wished China and all Chinese people “a very happy New Year of the Rabbit.”
Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme, extended her New Year’s greetings.
“In the Year of the Rabbit, I, extend my warmest greetings to China, wishing auspiciousness, health, and happiness,” Sharif said.
World Leaders and Officials
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau extended his New Year’s greetings to the Chinese people. He wished them good health, happiness, joy, and peace.
Likewise, Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves Robles also sent greetings. He wished the people of China and the world all the best in the new year.
Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița wished the Chinese people happiness and health in the Year of the Rabbit.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said she wishes China a happy new year. She also wishes China to be more prosperous and stronger in the year 2023.
Moreover, former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda extended his New Year’s greetings to the Chinese people. He hopes China-Japan ties can develop steadily and maintain a friendly relationship.
The Pakistan Foreign Minister wished the Chinese people and expressed his hope that China and Pakistan reach new heights this year.
Additionally, Hungarian Minister for Economic Development, Marton Nagy extended his warmest wishes to China. He said, “China itself is a symbol of friendship.
The rabbit’s gentle nature reminds us of cooperation, which is extremely important to our two peoples.”
Mayor of The Hague, Jan van Zanen expressed his love for Chinese culture in his new year greetings, saying the Chinese people and their descents in the Netherlands “make our society more diversified.” He also said he loves Chinese food and Chinese music.