New Year's Greetings From H.E. Ambassador Yi Xianliang

2020 is an extraordinary and challenging year, left us with so many unforgettable memories. We endured separation from the loved ones during this year and thus treasured the reunion more. We experienced chaos and therefore cherished the peace more. We have been trapped in the darkness and thus yearned more for the light of the new dawn. We have suffered grief but also harvested strength and hope.

This year 2020, China is determined to overcome the challenges. We made great efforts to contain the pandemic, defeat severe floods, and eradicate extreme poverty. We firmly uphold multilateralism by actions. We support the international response to fighting the pandemic. We joined the RCEP. And we completed the negotiation of a comprehensive agreement on investment with the EU. For the future of our planet Earth, we pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The Chang'e-5 spacecraft brought lunar samples to Earth for the first time in 40 years for all mankind.

This year 2020, Norway and China have been supportive of each other. We combat the pandemic and contribute to global efforts through bilateral cooperation and multilateral frameworks such as the UN, WHO, Gavi, and CEPI. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a successful visit to Norway in August. The bilateral trade volume has increased by 60%, and the two sides are working closely on the FTA negotiation. Cooperation in the fields of ocean, sustainable development, and winter sports also yielded much progress.

The past is a mirror of the future. China's answer to global challenges has always been to support each other, to shoulder our commitments and responsibilities with inclusive and win-win minds. As President Xi stressed in his New Year address, "After a year of hardship, we can understand more than ever the significance of a community with a shared future for mankind."

What lies ahead for us is uncertain. The only way is to carry on and never give up hope. On this very first day of 2021, we look forward to working with Norwegian friends, for a better understanding of each other, for mutual respect, for more cooperation, better international order, and continuous progress of humanity.

May 2021 be a year of good health, peace, and prosperity.

May the friendship between our two nations continue to flourish.

May you all a very happy new year!

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