The country enjoys prosperity, and the people live in peace.
This phrase comes from Meng Liang Lu (Records of the Capital) by Wu Zimu (dates unknown), a scholar of the Song Dynasty. It depicted a state of peace in the country, harmony in society, and contentment among the people. This is an ideal pursued by almost every ruler since ancient times. It is also an aspiration shared by the populace. Peace and stability benefit both the state and the people, and this again proves the value of the Chinese pursuit of peace.
In his New Year addresses for both 2021 and 2022, Xi Jinping concluded his remarks with the same wish, “May our country enjoy prosperity and our people live in peace!” This is a sincere wish for the country on its journey ahead, and reflects Xi’s genuine concern for the interests of every Chinese.