In the beautiful March spring with gorgeous weather and blooming flowers, the remarkable national congresses just completed this week. On March 17th, we are celebrating the 18th Anniversary Ceremony of Home and Abroad News Press here in Beijing with Chinese and foreign envoys from 22 countries. Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries sent flowers to express congratulations. We are together with different skin colors, different languages, different religions and voices to not only share the great development achievements of our motherland, but also create more momentum to the world through our “News Diplomacy”.
The attending Chinese guests included: the Former Deputy Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, Mr. Li Beihai, the Chief Secretary of the Minister of Finance, Mr. Li Tietui, the Deputy Director of Economic Research and Development Center of the State Council, Mr. Wang Shuqiang, the Former Deputy Director of Equipment Dispatching Center of Finance and Equipment Bureau of Ministry of Public Security, Mr. Bai Guoxing, CCTV director of military channel, General Huang Qiguo, the Director of International Communication Department, Information Office of Beijing Municipal People's Government, Mr. Zhang Yiqun, the Deputy Director of United Nation International Cooperation and Coordination Bureau, the President of Home and Abroad News Press, Mrs. Wei Yan, Executive Chairman of UNESCO Campus Alliance, Mr. Han Zhenggang, the Secretary-General of the Steering Committee of the National Education Internationalization Pilot Zone, Mr. Cai Mingzhi, the Executive Director of National Soft Power Evaluation Center, Mr. Zhang Jiayi, the President of American Chinese Culture Exchange Centre, Ms. Kelly Luo, and other guests.
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The attending foreign guests included: the Ambassador of Portugal to China, H.E. Mr. Jose Augusto Duarte, the Ambassador of Romania to China, H.E. Mr. Constantinescu Vasilica, the Ambassador of Slovakia to China, H.E. Mr. Dusan Bella, the Ambassador of Albania to China, H.E. Mr. Selim Belortaja, the Ambassador of Bangladesh to China, H.E. Mr. M Fazlul Karim, the Ambassador of Bahrain to China, H.E. Dr. Anwar Al-Abdulla, the Ambassador of Algeria to China, H.E. Mr. Ahcene Boukhelfa, the Ambassador of Benin to China, H.E. Mr. Simon P. Adovelande, the Ambassador of Iceland to China, H.E. Mr. Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, the Ambassador of Tunisia to China H.E. Mr. Dhia Khaled, the Minister of Belarus Embassy in China, H.E. Mr. Yury Rabko, the Councilor of Embassy of the Republic of Togo in China, Mr. Abina Nesitang, the CEO of Hollywood Wardour Studios, the President of World Film Institute, Mr. Steven Nia, and reporters from CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, China News Agency, Hong Kong cable television, Guangzhou television, North Europe News Agency, the United States China and America Post, Sina.com, Sohu.com, China.com, Xinhuanet.com as well as the local branch directors of Home and Abroad News Press from U.S.A, Canada, Japan, Cambodia, Philippines and over 200 guests attended the ceremony.
At 6:00pm, the ceremony started with the Chinese national anthem…
The Deputy Director of United Nation International Cooperation and Coordination Bureau, the President of Home and Abroad News Press, Mrs. Wei Yan, gave a welcome speech first. She said that the China National Congress is just completed with great success. Our journalists witnessed the new chapter of China’s development with the great Chinese leadership. Today, we are together with different skin colors, different languages, different religions and voices with foreign ambassadors to China, media fellows, press officers and friends around the world to share the development achievements of our great China.
On the behalf of Home and Abroad News Press Board of Directors, Council, Executive Committee, Administrative Committee as well as our 61 branches and information centers around the world, Mrs. Wei sincerely thanked all guests for their participation and support. She also mentioned that in the past 18 years, Home and Abroad News Press has been organically grown with dedication, hard work, professionalism, talented staff and a strong sense of social responsibility to enhance its media creditability.
She said that China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” has been widely accepted by over 100 countries and international organizations. Many of them listed the “Belt and Road Initiative” into the top priority agendas to promote information exchanges, peace keeping, friendship development and international cooperation. The progress of “Belt and Road Initiative” cannot be succeeded without the support from the governments and people around the world as well as the support of all media. Therefore, Home and Abroad News Press plays an important role in the international stage.
During the national congress, Home and Abroad News Press also performed exclusive interviews with foreign ambassadors to China. They all felt that the stable political status of China is a great contribution to world peace. China is in the golden development period. As one of the Chinese mainstream media, Home and Abroad News Press becomes an irreplaceable bridge and channel for the “Belt and Road Initiative” process with its unique advantages and dedication in building a common destiny for all mankind.
In the past 18 years, Home and Abroad News Press grew from a small company to an international corporation which owns and operates more than 61 global branches and information centers, including U.S.A, Canada, Finland, France, U.K., Singapore, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia and many other countries. In those countries, our works and contributions were greatly appreciated by the local governments and communities……
With 18-year exploration and dedication, Home and Abroad News Press pursued and realized its dreams with glory and encouragement. In June 2006, Home and Abroad News Press was designated as the mainstream media by three United Nations based organizations in Vancouver Canada.
2010年5月20日，中外新闻社收到从台北发来函件：台当局 “行政院新闻局” 文批准。至此，中外新闻社台湾分社获得了批准。
May 20th, 2010, Home and Abroad News Press received the approval letter from Taiwan local authority to officially open the local branch in Taiwan.
May 6th, 2011, Chinese State Council officially approved Home and Abroad News Press to open Mainland China office in Beijing
Seven years ago, Communication University of China and Home and Abroad News Press established strategic partnership, and Home and Abroad News Press also opened a local office in the Communication University of China to educate more media talents for global media sector.
Until now, Home and Abroad News Press successfully launched five associated organizations within the organization structure, including Home and Abroad News Press magazine, Home and Abroad News Press website, Chinese and Overseas Entrepreneur Association, International Integration Observation Committee and China National Artworks Institute.
At the ceremony, the Former Deputy Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, Mr. Li Beihai, spoke highly about Home and Abroad News Press. In the past 18 years, Home and Abroad News Press made great contributions to promote the friendly relationship between Chinese people and the people around the world, to show a real China to the world through deepening mutual understanding. He said that Home and Abroad News Press is not only a media channel to connect China and the whole world, but also a bridge to deliver peace. The “News Diplomacy for World Peace” has become the theme of Home and Abroad News Press. The media had exclusive interviews with 26 national leaders and key officers from international organizations with high appreciations from UN officials, political leaders, foreign ambassadors and overseas Chinese people.
Since inception, Home and Abroad News Press has been extremely active on the international stage with global visions and innovative minds. It always acquires utmost wisdom from “Harmony and Peace”. In 2018, we are running at the frontier of the media sector with our “China Dreams”. As an international mainstream media, Home and Abroad News Press collaborates with foreign influential media organizations to promote a real China to the western countries.
September 2018, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was held in Beijing. Nearly 50 African heads of state, government leaders, delegation heads, the Chairman of the African Union Commission, foreign ministers and relevant officials attended the forum and the ministerial meetings. Home and Abroad News Press was the designated mainstream media for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to better promote China and Africa friendship and create positive energy to the world peace. On August 9th, organized by Home and Abroad News Press, the Junior Journalist Delegation visited the Beninese embassy in China. The delegation members made generous donations for the out-of-school girls in Benin. Every junior journalist also wrote a letter to those girls. In one letter, it says that: “My dear friend in Benin: I wish through our help, you can pick up your schoolbag again and go back to the classroom for study. I believe that in the near future, the out-of-school girls will be less and less, and all girls will be happily going to school everyday for a better tomorrow. Let’s work hard……”
This charity action is not only a precious gift for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, but also important to change the history of out-of-school girls in Benin. After the charity donations at the Shanghai Expo in May 2010, Home and Abroad News Press made another effort to build the common destiny of all mankind.
On June 12th, 2018, Home and Abroad News Press hosted a cooperation symposium for the Western African countries in the International Conference Hall of the Kuntai Jiahua Hotel in Beijing. The Ambassador of Benin to China H.E. Mr. Simon Pierre Adovelande, together with the Ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau and business counselors attended the meeting. The delegation head of the Western African Union and the Ambassador to Mali to China H.E. Mr. Lansina Kone said that the cultural differences should not be an obstacle to our cooperation because mutual development has no national boundaries. As ambassadors, we come not only for politics but also for our future economy. Under the background of profound and complicated changes in the international community, China-Africa friendly cooperation has great meanings and influences. Mrs. Wei Yan said: In September 2018, we will take the China-Africa Cooperation Forum as an opportunity to expand our cooperation, achieve more win-win deals and create positive energy into world peace, stability and development.
In today’s diversity world, as the mainstream media, Home and Abroad News Press introduced the “News Person of the Year” awards to recognize the outstanding individuals who made great contributions to world peace and harmonious development among different countries. This year, the prize winners of 2018 “News Person of the Year” are the Ambassador of Portugal to China, H.E. Mr. Jose Augusto Duarte, the Ambassador of Romania to China, H.E. Mr. Constantinescu Vasilica, the Ambassador of Algeria to China, H.E. Mr. Ahcene Boukhelfa, the Ambassador of Bangladesh to China, H.E. Mr. M Fazlul Karim, Ambassador of Iceland to China, H.E. Mr. Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, and the CEO of Hong Kong Huiyan International Health Group, Mrs. Gong Xiaoling.
After President Xi Jinping proposed the “Belt and Road Initiative”, this massive program has received positive responses from many countries and a number of international cooperation role model projects. At the award ceremony, Home and Abroad News Press also presented the special award “Outstanding Contributions to “Belt and Road” International Cooperation” to the Ambassador of Slovakia to China, H.E. Mr. Dusan Bella, the Ambassador of Tunisia to China H.E. Mr. Dhia Khaled, the Ambassador of Albania to China, H.E. Mr. Selim Belortaja and the Ambassador of Benin to China, H.E. Mr. Simon P. Adovelande. The Ambassador of Bahrain to China, H.E. Dr. Anwar Al-Abdulla received the special prize of “Outstanding Contributions to Promote China and Arabic Countries’ Strategic Partnership”.
In the past 18 years, Home and Abroad News Press has grown from a small media company into an international corporation. This significant achievement is based on our talented employees and advanced management philosophy. Currently, Home and Abroad News Press has branches in 60 countries, including US, UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore and many other regions. Today, we sincerely invited all friends to celebrate our success and share the happiness with us around the world. Now, we would like to ask the Former Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee Mr. Li Beihai, and Madam Wei Yan and all foreign ambassadors and prize winners on the stage and join the river water from different countries into the big vase. This symbolizes that the friendship and cooperation among all countries will join together.
The VIP guests and foreign ambassadors also cut the birthday cake together for the 18th birthday of Home and Abroad News Press. The President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan led the female diplomats and ambassadresses in Chinese traditional cheongsams to sing the song “Auld Lang Syne” in English on the stage. The encouragement and wisdom of the female diplomats are perfect combination of eastern and western culture, that symbolizes the great harmony in the world family.
What a great evening with all guests from many countries! In the spring, Home and Abroad News Press is adding up more colors; in the spring, Home and Abroad News Press is taking up more hopes. We will never forget this memorable moment and continue our journey with our great “China Dreams”.