On the night before Lunar New Year's Eve, President Tsai Ing-wen wished a happy and successful Year of the Dragon via video to her fellow citizens and friends around the world.
In her recorded remarks, President Tsai said this will be her final Lunar New Year's message after eight years as president of the Republic of China (Taiwan). President Tsai thanked all her fellow citizens for their hard work and dedication over the past eight years, which allowed Taiwan to overcome many challenges, including the pandemic. The president said that as we ring in the new year, we also embrace new beginnings for our national development. She said she is confident that as long as we continue supporting one another, we can overcome any difficulty, and as long as we remain united, we can safeguard Taiwan. In the year to come, the president said, Taiwan will move steadily forward, continuing to engage with the world.
A translation of the president's full remarks is as follows:
Good evening. Tonight, the night before Lunar New Year's Eve, I want to wish an early happy new year to my fellow citizens at home and abroad, and to all our friends celebrating this holiday around the world.
First, I want to thank all those in the armed forces, police officers, fire fighters, members of the coast guard, medical personnel, and employees of state-run enterprises providing us with fuel, water, and power, who will remain on duty to keep society running during the new year holiday.
After eight years as president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), I am delivering my final Lunar New Year's remarks. I want to thank all my fellow citizens for your hard work and dedication these past eight years, which allowed Taiwan to overcome all manner of challenges, including the pandemic. In the face of a rapidly changing international landscape, we worked together in unity, standing firm and continuing to engage with the world.
Earlier this year, Taiwan successfully held a presidential election under a global spotlight, which proved to the world that we treasure democracy and freedom above all else. Our Chinese-speaking friends at home and abroad also spread worldwide the message of Taiwan's commitment to our democratic values, together promoting the global development of democracy.
As we ring in the new year, we also embrace new beginnings for our national development. I am confident that as long as we continue supporting one another, we can overcome any difficulty. As long as we remain united, we can safeguard Taiwan.
In the year to come, Taiwan will move steadily forward, continuing to engage with the world. I would now like to take this opportunity to thank our international friends for their consideration and support for Taiwan.
To our friends around the world, thank you for continuing to support Taiwan. Moving forward, Taiwan will keep working with our democratic partners to maintain peace and stability. We will pursue cooperation and prosperity, and make Taiwan one with the world. Happy Lunar New Year to all!
I wish those from all walks of life roaring success in the Year of the Dragon. Have a safe and happy new year!
I wish you all a safe new year.
I wish you all a happy new year.
I wish you all a happy new year.