World leaders extend Chinese New Year greetings
Updated 14:41, 01-Feb-2022

Heads of international organizations, world leaders and officials sent their Chinese New Year greetings as China welcomes the Year of the Tiger. 

The Year of the Tiger runs from February 1, 2022, to January 21, 2023, according to the Chinese Zodiac.

In Chinese culture, the tiger symbolizes bravery, vigor and strength that can lift people from adversity and usher in final auspiciousness and peace. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent Chinese New Year greetings, saying that the characters of the tiger are the qualities the world needs today in the face of unprecedented challenges.

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Audrey Azoulay extended Spring Festival greetings to the Chinese people.

"I hope that 2022 will be a year of renewal, one in which we can heal the scars left by the global pandemic," she said.


International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach extended New Year's greetings to China, saying that he wishes all Chinese people a happy, successful and prosperous Year of the Tiger.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva congratulated the Chinese people. She said the tiger symbolizes strength, vigor also represents wisdom and courage, and these qualities are needed to march forward as the global COVID-19 pandemic is now in its third year.

World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Chairman of British 48 Group Club Stephen Perry also wished the Chinese people a happy Chinese New Year.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called for more opportunities for growth and prosperity as the Southeast Asian country celebrated the Chinese New Year.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Monday sent best wishes for the Chinese New Year, saying that the festival has gained popularity in the country. "I would like to wish all brothers and sisters happiness and brighter success in your businesses and endeavors."

In a Lunar New Year message, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sent his best wishes to the Chinese community living and working in Japan and everyone celebrating the festival. He wished that the Year of the Tiger be a marvelous year filled with great vitality and growth.

In his greetings, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa thanked China for assistance on COVID-19 vaccines and wished that the friendship between South Africa and China endures.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa wished Chinese all the success in the year ahead.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent his greetings on social media, adding that his country and people "owe gratitude for the support and partnership China offered Ethiopia in its time of extreme difficulty."

Comorian President Azali Assoumani also extended greetings to the Chinese people.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic wished China and the Chinese people a lot of success and good health in her greetings via CMG.

She said Serbia is also celebrating the Lunar New Year to show how much they appreciate their "iron friendship" with China.

"I stay firm that our friendship and partnership will be even stronger in the years to come."

She also voiced her confidence in Beijing presenting a "fantastic" Winter Olympics, which will officially kick off on Friday.

On the eve of the Chinese New Year, Czech President Milos Zeman hailed what China had achieved in recent years and wished the Chinese people a happy and prosperous year.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent his "best wishes to everyone celebrating the Chinese New Year."

Moldova's Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita also extended her best wishes.

In a message addressed to the Costa Rica Overseas Chinese Association, President Carlos Alvarado wished prosperity, health and peace to the Chinese community in the Central American country on behalf of the Costa Rican government.

He also congratulated the Chinese people on their great achievements over the past year.

(Cover: A market selling Spring Festival decorations in Shanghai, China. /CFP)

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