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2008 Spring Festival Message from Ambassador Lan Lijun

On the occasion of the upcoming Spring Festival or the Chinese New Year, I wish to express, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia and in my own name, our sincere holiday greetings and best wishes to our Indonesian friends from all walks of life.

Since 2002, the Spring Festival has been designated a public holiday for all Indonesian citizens of different ethnic groups. Last year, H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia, and other national leaders attended a grand gala evening event celebrating the Spring Festival co-hosted by the Indonesian-Chinese community, the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia and the Indonesian Embassy in China. The event has brought the Spring Festival celebration in Indonesia to its height.

The past year has witnessed tremendous progress in China-Indonesia Strategic Partnership. The political mutual trust is strengthening. Our economic and trade cooperation are in good shape, with two-way trade reaching 25 billion USD in 2007, a 31.5% growth from that of previous year. The cooperation and exchanges in such areas as personnel, culture, education, tourism, science and technology, sports etc between us are on the rise. Our two countries also maintain good coordination and consultation in international and regional affairs. We firmly believe that the Strategic Partnership and cooperation between the two countries will be further strengthened in the new year of 2008.

Spring Festival is a time for family reunion. But for hundreds of millions of people living and working away from home in China, this year's Spring Festival will be an unusual one, because the worst snow and ice storms in five decades have been striking vast regions in central, eastern and southern China. To fight this natural disaster, the Chinese leaders are at the front-line together with thousands of local officials, residents, troops, volunteers as well as people form across the country. Our hearts and minds are with them too.

Once again, I wish you all a happy Chinese New Year. May you all enjoy good health and happiness!

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