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Home > China-UK Events > 2009
PM Gordon Brown's Chinese New Year message
2009/01/28
The Prime Minister has extended his good wishes to the Chinese community during their Chinese New Year celebrations.

In his message, the PM said that a focus on hard work and determination - the values represented by this year's animal the ox - would help in the challenging times ahead. He also said the Chinese population brings "a resilience and industriousness that is truly inspiring."

The PM said:"The Chinese community has had many successes – across education, research, science, the creative industries, the health service and the hospitality and catering industries. This year I hope to see many more Chinese people take up roles in public life and politics too. In each field, the Chinese population brings a resilience and industriousness that is truly inspiring and which will contribute to Britain's long term prosperity."

Read the PM's full message

At this special time of year it is my great honour to extend the hand of friendship to all Chinese communities. All across the United Kingdom and the world, Chinese communities are celebrating New Year and marking this important festival the Chinese way – surrounded by family and friends.

This year is the Year of the Ox, representing a focus on hard work and determination. We know that this year will not be an easy one, but in challenging times we know that success can only be achieved through honouring the values symbolised by the Ox and which have characterised the Chinese contribution to Britain.

The Chinese community has had many successes – across education, research, science, the creative industries, the health service and the hospitality and catering industries. This year I hope to see many more Chinese people take up roles in public life and politics too. In each field, the Chinese population brings a resilience and industriousness that is truly inspiring and which will contribute to Britain's long term prosperity.

I hope you enjoy a wonderful and successful year and please do pass on my warm best wishes to your family and friends.

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