From Xinhua News:
China’s overseas ambassadors have sent their best wishes to their motherland and its people for the lunar new year, the year of the tiger, which falls on Sunday… For Zheng Qingdian, ambassador to the violence-ridden Afghanistan, always being thought about by the motherland means happiness, strength and courage to face up to difficulties.
“The motherland is always thinking about our safety and danger. As a country becoming stronger and stronger, the motherland has turned out to be our powerful backing. No matter how hard a situation we’re to live in, never forget for a single moment that there are 1.3 billion people standing behind us,” he said in his new year message.
“The Chinese nationals and Chinese Afghanistanis are living in the country with great courage and the spirit of optimism … and exhibit a positive mental outlook,” he said.
Ambassador to Iraq Chang Yi said the Chinese there were living with the scourge of war, but China’s diplomats in the war-torn country would stick to their posts, live up to the mission assigned to them and strive to make bigger contributions to the motherland’s cause of diplomacy in the new year.