After suffering from the global COVID-19 pandemic and fighting hard, the arrival of the Lunar New Year of the Ox brought the hope of renewing Vientiane. The traditional New Year greetings in the entire global village are more sincere and meaningful.
New Year’s greetings pay attention to a love, a gift, and a blessing that demonstrates the time, the right place, and the harmony of people. It must be said that the heads of state of China and the United States are very precise in their determination of greeting each other during the Lunar New Year of the Ox and the Spring Festival.
After the new president of the United States visited the White House, it was customary to talk to foreign leaders, but the order of the calls was subtle. His delay in speaking with Chinese leaders has caused widespread concern. On the morning of Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 11, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with President Biden. Biden wished the Chinese people a happy New Year and prosperity and development. Xi Jinping once again congratulated Biden on his official inauguration as President of the United States, and wished the people of China and the United States a happy Chinese New Year and a prosperous Year of the Ox.
On February 12, local time in Eastern US (Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day), Biden and his wife Jill posted a video on social media to send Chinese New Year blessings. They wish everyone who celebrated the Spring Festival a happy holiday, and said that this is a time to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new, and it is also a time to celebrate. For many Americans, a new start has never been needed like now.
In the past four years, Sino-US relations have experienced the most severe situation since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The change of ownership by the White House provides new possibilities for benign changes in Sino-US relations. Currently, Sino-US relations are at an important juncture. Both China and the United States “need a new start.” The first phone call between the heads of state of China and the United States and mutual New Year greetings, and the Spring Festival blessings of the Bidens and the Bidens also have far-reaching significance. Promoting the healthy and stable development of China-US relations is the common expectation of the people of the two countries and the international community. President Xi Jinping took the opportunity of New Year’s greetings to make clear to President Biden: “You said that the greatest feature of the United States is the possibility. I hope that this possibility now develops in a direction that is conducive to the improvement of relations between the two countries.”
Relying on the opportunity of New Year’s greetings, China released a good intention to the United States full of New Year’s breath. The rationale behind this is that the improvement of Sino-US relations is not only beneficial to the two peoples, but also good news to the entire world. Cooperation between China and the United States will benefit both, while fighting will hurt both, and cooperation is the only correct choice for both parties. Sino-US cooperation can accomplish many major events that benefit both countries and the world. The confrontation between China and the United States is certainly a disaster for the two countries and the world.
Leaders of many countries in the world have used the opportunity of the Year of the Ox to pay a New Year’s greetings, using the power of the Ox as a metaphor for their determination to overcome difficulties through cooperation. British Prime Minister Johnson said that from fighting the epidemic to tackling climate change and supporting the recovery of the global economy, Britain and China face many common challenges. “But I hope that everyone can cheer up in the Year of the Ox, just like the strength and determination shown by this strong animal, forever.” German Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Friedrich said: “The cow is not only a symbol of dedication, but also a symbol of strength, and this strength is what we need to overcome the epidemic.”
In the global fight against the epidemic, China has gone all out and done its best to make its own contribution to the fight against the epidemic in many countries. In this situation, New Year’s greetings have become a tribute to “seeing the truth in adversity”. In the fight against the epidemic, Serbia has received generous and timely assistance from China. Serbian President Vucic said emotionally: “We will do everything we can to preserve this friendship. We will always be your trusted friends, and we will always stand by your side.” Behind this deep feeling is both affirmation and gratitude. It is motivation and spur.
New year, new beginning, new opportunity, new journey. New year greetings are all auspicious words, and the years will inevitably be bitter and painful. In the changing world, smooth sailing has never been possible. Only by gritting the teeth and working hard with the spirit of ruined cattle, pioneer cattle, and old scalpers can we achieve greater brilliance. This is the principle that should be understood and practiced from the etiquette and friendship of New Year greetings.