Ladies and Gentlemen:
2．新年来临了，我们向着充满希望的 21 世纪又迈进了一步。
The new year is around the corner, bringing us a step closer to the promising 21st century.
I would like to extend my New Year’s greetings to all my guests and wish every one good health and all the best in the new year.
Safeguarding world peace, promoting mutual prosperity is still the most important task facing all people today across the planet.
China, like many other nations, will continue to work towards these ends.
All along China’s frontiers, the hostile silence and suspicion of the past have given way to harmony and prosperity.
While representing only a small part of China’s total foreign trade volume, the rapid development of border trade has clearly shown that the practice of reforming and opening to the outside world is spreading in China from the coastal provinces further into the country’s interior.
The leaders in Beijing have decided to open many formerly closed areas to the world, establish new trading ports and make it easier for China’s neighbors to exchange goods and services.
The ancient Silk Road is now regaining its former prosperity and has become a new bridge for economic cooperation with other nations.
Since cooperation can work only on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, this new opening will not only help improve the situation on China’s frontiers but benefit tremendously many other countries as well.
The development of border trade is but one minor success in China’s policies of peace and common prosperity.
It has always been an integral part of China’s foreign policy to develop friendly ties, be a friendly neighbor to the rest of Asia and the world.
The past ten years has witnessed the continuition of this policy.
Through an exchange of visits with other state leaders, traditional friendship has been consolidated and bilateral relations have improved, and with some countries normal diplomatic ties have been resumed.
As for territorial border disputes, many of them have been peacefully resolved, and other matters of mutual concern have made considerable headway as a result of peaceful negotiation.
China’s relations with its neighbor countries are better than ever before.
This is undoubtedly in the best interests of Chinese people and of the people in these countries, so that they may have a safe environment in which they will go about building better lives.
In the new year the Chinese people of all nationalities will remain united.
Adhering to the policy of reform and opening to the outside world, and to the ideal of building a socialist market economy, China will make every effort to develop and improve the lives of her citizens.
At the same time, as a powerful force in maintain world peace, China will continue to make her contributions to world peace and development.