UN Chief sends warm wishes in Chinese for Spring Festival



United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave his warm wishes to the Chinese people in Chinese on Thursday, the day before the Spring Festival. The leader wished the Chinese people "good health, happiness and success" in the upcoming new year.

"Happy Chinese New Year," Guterres said in Chinese.

Wearing the lucky-symbolized red tie, Guterres acknowledged this year's zodiac—dog, and went on to link the animal representation to the future of the world's development.

Beijing locals are pre-celebrating the Spring Festival at Temple of Earth in Beijing on Feb. 11, 2018.

"The Year of the Dog symbolizes loyalty and trust," he said. "Trust boasts unity and collaboration. This is what our world needs. Let’s work together for global peace and prosperity."

At the end of his speech, Guterres extended his appreciation to China for its support of the UN.