China released its annual characters and words of 2016 on Tuesday, with 规(rule) and 小目标(small goal) winning out among the candidate characters and words.
The annual character on Chinese issues goes to 规(rule), and the annual character on international issues goes to 变(change). 小目标(small goal) was selected as the annual word on Chinese issues, while 一带一路(the belt and road) became the annual word on international issues.
Meanwhile, the Buzz Word of the Year, the New Word of the Year and the Cyber Word of the Year were also released.
The top 10 Buzz Words of the Year include Long March spirit,Two Studies, One Action, Hangzhou G20 summit, South China Sea, Rio Olympics, exit from the EU, US presidential election, confidante’s intervention, Tiangong II, AlphaG).
The top 10 New Words of the Year go to Two Studies, One Action, moveable property, emoji package, prehistoric power, AlphaGo, online big movie, mobike, fake social organizations, the people who are kept in the dark, Choi-gate.
The top 10 Cyber Words of the Year include prehistoric power, the ship of friendship, set a small goal, the people who are kept in the dark, Hard on the eyes, It’s all tricks,veteran netizen, My brother, you’re wonderful!.
The National Language Resources Monitoring and Research Center, the Commercial Press and People’s Daily Online published an online poll in late November for voters to choose from the candidates of the words of the year. The event started in 2006 and aims to describe today’s China and world with one character or word, to reflect the social changes and the variety of the world in Chinese people’s eyes.
This year, in several Asian countries where Chinese characters are widely used, such as Malaysia, Japan and Singapore, people were also enthusiastic in voting for the most representative characters of the year, which shows the cultural charm of Chinese characters.
”Corruption” was chosen as the 2016 Chinese character in Malaysia, “change” in Singapore, Japanese selected “gold” while “bitter” was voted as the cross-Straits Chinese character of the year 2016.