Spring came to earth and restored all living beings. After the successful closure of the two national congresses, the NPC and the CPPCC, Home and Abroad News Press had its 14th birthday ceremony in Beijing. In the evening of March 18th, the 14th Anniversary Ceremony of Home and Abroad News Press and Awarding Ceremony of "The News Person of the Year" were held at the International Conference Hall in Beijing Sunworld Dynasty Hotel. The meaningful event is loaded with glory and dreams, and it connects to excellence and legend. The Former Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee Mr. Li Beihai, the Deputy Secretary of Publication Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Mr. Zhang Fan, the Finance Director of the Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Pei Hongzhi, the Director of Political Department of the PLA Navy Logistics Department, Mr. Lai Bin, the Former General Director of the PLA political commissar, Mr. Zhang Jiangshan, the Director-General of National Energy Administration, Mr. Wang Siqiang, the Minister of Organizing Committee of China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, Mr. Li Jie, the Chinese Chief Representative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Fund, Mr. Liu Wei , the Vice Minister of Shandong Province Propaganda Department, Mr. Liu Zhifu, the Director of Beijing Municipal Government Information Office Mr. Xu Hejian, the Chief Information Officer of United Nations North-North Network, the President of Home and Abroad News Press, Mrs. Wei Yan, and many guests attended the ceremony event. A number of important foreign diplomats attended as well, including the Austrian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mrs. Irene Giner-Reichl, the Afghan Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Kabir Farah, the Philippine Ambassador to China, H.E. Mrs. Erlinda Basilio, the Jamaican Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Ralph Thomas, the Indonesian Ambassador to China, H.E. Soegeng Rahardjo, the representatives of the Kyrgyz Ambassador to China, Mr. Djusaev Kubanychbek, the Representative of Danish Ambassador to China, Mr. Ming Ou Lu, the Representative of Kenyan Ambassador to China, Mr. Vincent Omuse, the Cultural Counselor of Egyptian embassy in China, Dr. Hussein Ibrahim, the Cultural Counselor of Pakistani embassy in China, Mr. Asif-ur-Rehman Khan, the Cultural Counselor of Poland embassy in China, Mr. Maciej Gaca, the Cultural Counselor of Nepal embassy in China, Mr. Ram Prasad Subedi, the official of Zambian embassy in China, Mr. Nambula Wamulungwe, the Press and Cultural Official of the Tunisian embassy in China, Mr. Mohamed Oussama Zeddini and CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, China News Agency, Hong Kong cable television station, Phoenix TV, the United States China and America Post, Sina.com, Sohu.com, China.com, Xinhuanet.com and over two hundred domestic and foreign reporters and guests.
At 6:50pm, the ceremony started with Chinese national anthem...
The Chief Information Officer of United Nations North-North Network, the President of Home and Abroad News Press, Mrs. Wei Yan gave the welcome speech. She said: "The remarkable national congresses just completed last week, we witnessed the new rapid development phase of our great month land. Today, we are together to not only share the joy of the great development achievements of our motherland, but also celebrate the 13th Anniversary Ceremony of Home and Abroad News Press here in Beijing. It's our pleasure to have all important officials and guests joining us tonight. On the behalf of the Board of Directors, the Council, the Administrative Committee and 49 regional offices and information centers around the world, we deeply appreciated everyone's participation and supports." She also sent her deep appreciation to the dedicated teams in Home and Abroad News Press to recognize their hard working, dedication and professionalism which made great accomplishment for this accredited international media.
Mrs. Wei continued that "the success of Home and Abroad News Press is built on innovative business model, top-performance talented employees, exploratory encouragement and systematic management. In the past 14 years, we grew from a small company to an international corporation which owns and operates more than 49 global branches and information centers, including U.S.A, Canada, Finland, France, U.K., Singapore, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and many other countries. In those countries, our works and contributions were greatly appreciated by the local governments and communities."
Mrs. Wei also mentioned in her speech that "Home and Abroad News Press Beijing Office was opened on May 6th 2011 with the official approval from Hong Kong and Macao Office of the State Council. Since then, Home and Abroad New Press established a solid base in Mainland China and started building closer connections with foreign embassies, various Chinese governmental departments, business association, financial institutions and many top universities and such. On October 13th 2012, Home and Abroad News Press and Communication University of China established the strategic partnership, and Home and Abroad News Press also opened a local office in the Communication University of China. Through this partnership, both organizations achieved consensus to train more high-quality media talents to response to the challenges of today's media industry and enhance Chinese external communication in the global platform.
At the end, she mentioned that "In Premier Li's government work report this year, it emphasized on strengthening the ability of international communication and improving the soft power of Chinese culture. In fact, Home and Abroad News Press always explores possible ways to engage diplomatic resources with global connections, improve Chinese talent pools, innovate the reformation and development concepts and promote the media collaboration between Chinese and overseas media channels."
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In the ceremony, the Former Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee Mr. Li Beihai, the Deputy Secretary of Publication Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Mr. Zhang Fan, the Austrian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mrs. Irene Giner-Reichl, the Afghan Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Kabir Farah, the Philippine Ambassador to China, H.E. Mrs. Erlinda Basilio, the Jamaican Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Ralph Thomas, the Indonesian Ambassador to China, H.E. Soegeng Rahardjo individually delivered their speeches. They all expressed their high appreciation to Home and Abroad News Press for connecting China and the whole world through its unique media positioning and strategies. "Promote World Peace through News Diplomacy" has become the development theme of Home and Abroad News Press. This innovative media plays a more and more important role on the international stage in building stronger ties among all countries.
In today's multicultural global society, Home and Abroad News Press has been designated as the mainstream media by three United Nation associated organizations. Based on the great influence of our strong brand recognition, we introduced "The News Person of the Year" annual prizes to recognize outstanding individuals who made remarkable contributions to the international society and promoting peace and harmony in the global community for many years. In the recent years, a number of foreign diplomats, Chinese high officials and international well-known persons received this special honor, including Ambassadors of Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Hungary, Lithuania, Qatar, Algeria, Rwandan, Serbia, Pakistan, Senegal, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Gahanna, Jordan, Oman and other high officers.
Based on our exclusive interviews and the recommendations from other mainstream media, "2014 Home and Abroad News Press - the News Persons of the Year" prize winners were announced in the awarding ceremony. Chinese officials presented the trophies and certificates to the prize winners. The winners have been selected and recognized for their remarkable contributions for building and developing friendship between China and their countries, this is a very important bridge to connect China with the whole world.
One of the prize winners was the Indonesian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Soegeng Rahardjo, whose hometown is Bandung. Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai had a famous speech at the Bandung Conference, which left a great impression to him and all people. At that time, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and his delegation team achieved great success and made valuable contributions to develop China's international relationships. During the ceremony, the typecast actor of Chinese Premier Zhou, Mr. Zhang Jiangshan, recreated the Bandung Conference and shared that exciting moment once again with all guests.
At the end of the ceremony, Home and Abroad News Press invited all foreign ambassadors, envoys and Chinese government officials to the stage and put the river water from different countries into the big crystal vase. This symbolized that the friendship and cooperation among all countries will join together, last forever. This is also to value the interconnection between China and the whole world.
With the beautiful music, the reception party is officially begun. Please welcome the President, the members of Board of the Directors, the Managing Committee and the Administrative Committee of Home and Aboard News Press to the stage. They would like to express their sincere appreciation to all with a lovely toast. Best wishes to Home and Abroad News Press and deeply thank the supports and care from everybody here tonight. We believe, with all of you, we will realize the "China's Dreams" in the near future!