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International dignitaries extend Lunar New Year greetings

On the occasion of the Lunar New Year -- the Year of the Tiger, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the Chinese people. I wish the Chinese people greater prosperity, happiness and wellbeing in the New Year. I look forward to greater contributions by the Chinese people toward world peace and development in the New Year.


By UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon

—— 联合国秘书长潘基文


Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the people of Asia, and all those around the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year.


As people of all cultures and faiths welcome the Year of the Tiger, let us all give thanks for family, the wisdom of our ancestors, and the company of our friends and neighbors.


Here in the United States, the Lunar New Year will be marked by festivals in Houston and lion dances in Los Angeles; parades in Chicago and celebrations large and small in communities across our nation. Americans of Asian descent will continue the rich traditions of the past and begin new ones with their own families. Together, they serve as a reminder of the richness and diversity that make our country great.


So to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year, may you be blessed with peace, prosperity and good health -- now and in the year ahead.


By US President Barack Obama

—— 美国总统巴拉克·奥巴马


On behalf of the American people, I offer warm wishes for peace, prosperity, and health to everyone around the world celebrating the Lunar New Year. People on every continent will mark this occasion with rich and varied traditions, ushering in a new year of promise and possibility. In the United States, millions of Asian-Americans will gather with friends and family to welcome the Year of the Tiger and honor their vibrant heritage. This is an opportunity to reaffirm the bonds of mutual respect and mutual interest that unite us across borders and cultures, and recommit to working together to ensure the year ahead brings progress on the many shared challenges we face.


By US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

—— 美国国务卿希拉里·克林顿

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