Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a New Year speech Thursday evening in Beijing to ring in 2021. Here is the full text ( in translation) :

Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen, greetings to you all! 

The year 2021 is arriving. From China's capital Beijing, I extend my New Year wishes to you all! 

2020 was an extraordinary year. Facing the sudden coronavirus pandemic, we put people and their lives first to interpret the great love among humans. With solidarity and resilience, we wrote the epic of our fight against the pandemic.