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.