Xi Jinping visited the headquarters of major State media in Beijing on
Friday morning and sent an audio greeting for the upcoming Lantern
Festival to people across China.
At around 8:40 am, Xi arrived at the headquarters of People’s Daily
newspaper and sent the greeting on its social media platforms WeChat and
Weibo and its news app.
Hello, everyone. With the Lantern Festival around the corner, I wish
you all happy, healthy and successful new year, said President Xi in a
short audio message recorded at the newspaper. Xi pressed the keyboard
and sent the greetings on the three platforms, generating warm response
As of 11:20 am, the greeting has been forwarded nearly 10,000 times
and liked by more than 17,000 people on the Weibo account of People’s
Daily, about two hours after it was published at 9:36 am.
Xi also visited the headquarters of Xinhua News Agency and China
Central Television (CCTV) later on.
Many netizens thanked Xi and extended an early Lantern Festival
greeting to him. One netizen named "What she does not know" said, "Hi,
uncle Xi, I wish you a happy Lantern Festival in advance."
Xi also spoke with villagers from Chixi village in Ningde city, East
China’s Fujian province through a live video chat at the newspaper’s
studio, and wished them a better life.
Chixi is a poor village and when Xi was the former Party secretary of
Ningde city, he paid much attention to poverty alleviation in the