Stories behind the photos on Xi's office bookshelves for 2022
By Huang Jingjing and Xie Wanrong
People's Daily app

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered his 2022 New Year speech on Friday in his office in central Beijing. In the nationally televised and livestreamed speech, he acknowledged a series of landmark events and countless "unsung heroes" behind China's march toward great rejuvenation.

In the background on Xi's office bookshelves were 22 photos including 10 taken in 2021, and two cute Olympic mascots from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics: Bing Dwen Dwen, a smiling panda, and Shuey Rhon Rhon, a walking Chinese lantern.

There were 11 old photos of Xi and his family. Three of those 11 were new to the bookshelves, including images of a young Peng Liyuan, his wife, and a group photo of the couple with Xi's parents.

Below are the three old photos newly placed on the bookshelves.

Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan with his parents Xi Zhongxun and Qi Xin

This photo taken in 1979 shows Xi Jinping, then working for the General Office of the Central Military Commission.

Xi's wife Peng Liyuan

These four photos have been spotted on the bookshelves since Xi's 2021 New Year speech.

Xi and his wife support his mother

Xi in an undated photo

Xi and his wife in front of the Great Fountain at the Yuanmingyuan Park in Beijing

Xi with his wife and daughter

The two photos below have been on the shelf since Xi's 2020 New Year speech.

Xi visits his father in Sanya, South China's Hainan Province, in 1979.

Xi in an undated photo

Family members have a large space in Xi's heart. He has always been an example of filial piety toward his parents and love for his wife and child.

"If one family is benevolent, then the country can be benevolent," said Xi. He has on many occasions stressed the importance of family virtues and traditions.

There are two photos that have been on the shelf since President Xi's first New Year speech on the Eve of 2014.

Xi pushes his father's wheelchair while his wife and daughter walk alongside him.

Xi and his daughter share a bicycle when he worked in Fuzhou, Fujian Province.

An exemplary role model as son, husband and father, he is also a head of state and "a servant of the people." During his seven years living and working alongside the farmers in Liangjiahe in Shaanxi Province from 1969 to 1975, Xi made up his mind to serve the people.

"As a civil servant, I have my roots in the highlands of Northern Shaanxi. The place instilled an enduring conviction in me: Do real good for the people," he wrote in an article titled "I'm a Son of the Yellow Earth" published in 2002.

Seeking happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation has been a top mission of Xi. "For the good of my people, I will put aside my own well-being," he said.

This photo has been seen on the shelf since Xi's 2019 New Year speech.

Xi takes a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 17, 2018, after he was reelected president and chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China at the First Session of the 13th National People's Congress, the national legislature.

2021 was another busy year for President Xi. Last year, he made 11 inspection tours across the country, involving 12 provincial-level administrative regions, including Guizhou, Hebei and Shandong.

In addition, Xi has engaged in intensive online diplomacy throughout 2021. He had 79 telephone calls with leaders of foreign countries and international organizations, and attended 40 major diplomatic events via video link, according to Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

These are 10 photos on Xi's bookshelves taken last year.

Xi talks to villagers while visiting Bijie, Southwest China's Guizhou Province on February 3, 2021. He made the inspection ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and extended his New Year's greetings to people of all ethnic groups across the country.

Xi meets with role models in China's poverty alleviation fight and relatives of model poverty fighters who lost their lives in the country's anti-poverty cause, before a grand gathering to mark the nation's poverty alleviation accomplishments and honor model poverty fighters at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, February 25, 2021.

Xi leads other CPC and state leaders to review the Party admission oath after visiting an exhibition on CPC history at the Museum of the CPC in Beijing, June 18, 2021.

Xi holds a phone conversation on June 23, 2021, at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center with Shenzhou-12 astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo, who were stationed in the country's space station core module Tianhe.

Xi walks with the recipients of the July 1 Medal, the Party's highest honor, into the venue of the award ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 29, 2021.

Xi attends a ceremony marking the centenary of the CPC at Tiananmen Square, Beijing, July 1, 2021. More than 70,000 representatives from all walks of life attended the celebration.

Xi presents an honorary flag to representatives of a special-operations squadron of the People's Armed Police Force's unit in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at a ceremony held by the Central Military Commission in Beijing, July 5, 2021. The squadron was given the title "Anti-Terrorist Sharp Knife Squadron" for its outstanding performance in fighting terrorism.

Xi delivers a keynote speech via video link at the CPC and World Political Parties Summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 6, 2021.

Xi waves to villagers while visiting Galai village in Nyingchi, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 21, 2021. He was warmly welcomed by local people, and he said 'Tashi delek' to express his best wishes to them.

Xi inspects the estuary of the Yellow River in Dongying, East China's Shandong Province, October 20, 2021. Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, he has made multiple field investigations to the Yellow River basin to learn about its ecological protection and development.

(Lyv Xingke also contributed to the story; Photos: CCTV, Xinhua)