2022 New Year Message by Chinese Ambassador to Timor-Leste Dr. Xiao Jianguo
31 December 2021
The year 2021 was a landmark year. China solemnly celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), successfully convened the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC and passed the Resolution on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century. China has won the battle against poverty, built a moderately prosperous society in all respects, achieved the First Centenary Goal, and embarked on a new journey toward building a modern socialist country and achieving the Second Centenary Goal.
In 2021, in the face of both COVID-19 and disaster, China and Timor-Leste continue to stand with each other in a joint fight. When the pandemic broke out in Timor-Leste, China has offered timely help including 100,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines and multiple batches of anti-pandemic materials. At that time, China was the country that provided the largest number of vaccines to Timor-Leste. When the floods hit Timor-Leste, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi sent a message of condolences at the earliest time. China donated one million dollars to provide food assistance to Timorese vulnerable people. Besides that, China has also provided disaster-relief logistic support and student nutrition program to Timor-Leste through the World Food Program.
In 2021, the Chinese community and Chinese citizens and workers from the state-owned enterprises in Timor-Leste have overcome the dual difficulties caused by the pandemic and disaster, stuck to their respective positions and actively resumed work and business. Meanwhile, they have dedicated love, fulfilled social responsibilities by actively donating money and materials to the Timorese in order to contribute to the fights against epidemics and disaster, to the local economic recovery and to the prevention of external COVID-19 introduction into China. The emergence of the virus variant Omicron reminds us no relaxation of epidemic prevention. Please continue to take personal protection well to ensure your health and safety.
Looking forward to 2022, China and Timor-Leste will usher in many important moments. China will host the Beijing Winter Olympics and solemnly convene the 20th National Congress of the CPC. Timor-Leste will hold the presidential election and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence. As for the bilateral relations, China and Timor-Leste will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. The Chinese Embassy would like to take this 20th anniversary as an opportunity to promote pragmatic cooperation in various fields between two countries, consolidate the traditional mutual friendship and boost bilateral relations to a new level.
On the New Year’s Day of 2022, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Timor-Leste and all the staff, I would like to extend my sincere greetings to Timorese people, friends from all walks of life, overseas Chinese and Chinese citizens and workers! I wish everyone good health, family happiness, and success in the new year! I wish the friendship between China and Timor-Leste last forever and to a new high!