BEIJING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government on Wednesday extended New Year greetings to all overseas Chinese and those who have returned to settle in the mainland.
Li Haifeng, director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, pledged to continue to care for overseas Chinese and returnees, as well as spare no efforts to safeguard their fundamental interests.
Li hailed the social and economic achievements that China made in 2012 and praised related contributions made by overseas Chinese.
"The Chinese government has always paid great attention to overseas Chinese and caring for their lives and development," Li said. "China will continue its efforts and promote services for overseas Chinese and returnees."
Li also called on overseas Chinese to support and participate in China's development.
The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, falls on Feb. 10 this year.