On New Year’s Eve, state-owned broadcaster CCTV aired a New Year’s greeting made by President Xi Jinping for the second year in a row. The speech is a time for Xi to address reforms and goals set for the new year, but is also important to viewers because of its location: Xi’s office. Last year, the president’s new year’s greeting became a hit on Chinese media, where web users got a peek for the first time into Xi’s work quarters and commented most irrelevantly on his decor, office photos and seeming lack of computer.
Chinese news outlets have taken an especially close look at the changes in Xi’s office from last year, and diligently relayed the differences for our viewing pleasure.
As we can see in the video, there are 10 photos on the bookshelf, with six of them newly placed. Pictures 1-5 and 9 are new, while the pictures labeled 6-8 and 10 were there last year.
iFeng News offers a look at the photos propped up on Xi’s shelves in a review of sorts from his last few years in office (and then some).
Picture 1 shows Xi Jinping with a group of children at the Beijing Youth Palace in 2013.
Picture 2 shows Xi posing with PLA soldiers on duty during his visit to Arxan Mountain in Inner Mongolia in 2014.
Picture 3 is of Xi at Mt. Wuling, Hunan province in 2013.
Picture 4 shows Xi with Chinese Navy soldiers on the Missile Destroyer 171 “Haikou” during his inspection at the South China War Zone in 2012.
Picture 5 is from Xi’s trip to a football field at the Berlin Olympic Stadium in Germany during a trip in 2014.
Picture 6: Xi with his mother Qi Xin.
Picture 7 is a family photo including Xi, his father Xi Zhongxun, his wife Peng Liyuan and his daughter.
Picture 8: In 1987, Xi was photographed with his wife Peng Liyuan at Dongshan island in Fujian province.
Picture 9: From 1979 to 1982, Xi served as secretary for his father’s former subordinate Geng Biao, then the vice-premier and Secretary-General of the Central Military Commission.
Picture 10 shows Xi playing with his daughter when she was young.
Here is the speech in its entirety. Make a “What’s the Difference?” game out of it if you please. (Video is translated, but you can see the full transcript here.)
by Luke Sun
[Video&Imagines via CCTV&ifeng.com]