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New Year Message by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi

As we are about to ring in the year 2011, let me express, on behalf of all the colleagues of the Foreign Ministry, heartfelt thanks to you, friends from home and abroad, for your care and support for China's diplomacy and extend to you sincere festive greetings.

The year 2010 has been crucial to China's efforts to "maintain stability, promote development and readjust structure". It has also been a year in which we have deepened mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries and made new contribution to world peace, stability and development. We have enjoyed sound growth of relations with major countries, neighboring countries and other developing countries under the new circumstances. We have been deeply engaged in the reform of the world economic governance system and offered our guidance. We have seized the opportunities provided by the Shanghai World Expo, the Guangzhou Asian Games and Para Games to carry out summit diplomacy, economic diplomacy and public diplomacy. And by doing so, we have shown to the world a China that is culturally advanced, democratic, open and progressive, and enhanced our friendship and cooperation with other countries in all respects. Diplomacy has played an increasingly important role in safeguarding China's sovereignty, security and development interests.

The year 2011 marks the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. It is also the first year for implementing China's 12th Five-Year Plan. We will earnestly study and act on the spirit of the fifth plenary session of the 17th CPC Central Committee and create a sound external environment for a good start of the 12th Five-Year Plan. We will stay committed to the path of peaceful development and the win-win strategy of opening-up, pursue peaceful, scientific, cooperative and win-win development, and work with the international community to make new contribution to world peace, stability and prosperity.

I hope that you will continue to show care and support for China's diplomacy in the coming year. Your valuable opinions and suggestions will be more than welcome.

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