September 26, 2008
Respected Minister Wang Chen,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Tonight, we are happy to gather here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beijing Review. On behalf of President Cai Mingzhao and the China International Publishing Group (CIPG), I would like to extend my congratulations to Beijing Review, and my warm welcome and sincere thanks to our guests and friends here.
Affiliated with CIPG, Beijing Review is an influential national English weekly covering news and views about China.
Fifty years ago, Beijing Review was launched at the initiation and direction of the late Premier Zhou Enlai. Top Chinese leaders, including Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, all have over the years offered their guidance, support and encouragement to Beijing Review.
For half a century, Beijing Review has provided timely news coverage and in-depth analysis in several foreign languages. It has comprehensively reported on China's achievements and changes, and elaborated on China's principles and standings on major international issues.
From the days when China struggled through a difficult period of its history, to the present, when the country is enjoying rapid social and economic growth after the reform and opening-up, Beijing Review has actively strived to provide reliable information on China to its readers all over the world. It has served as an important bridge between China and the outside world.
For a long time, Beijing Review not only has been a vital source of news and views on China available in academic institutions, universities and public libraries overseas, but also an important English reading source for many Chinese working in the fields of international affairs, education and cultural exchanges.
At this 50th anniversary celebration, Liu Yunshan, Member of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee, Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and Minister of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee has sent a special congratulatory letter to Beijing Review. Mr. Liu's letter appreciates the work of Beijing Review in the past half century, and offers encouragement and guidance to all staff for the continued improvement of the magazine. Moreover, the letter may also be seen as an encouragement to all CIPG staff, setting new expectations and providing guidance for CIPG to further deepen its reforms and step up the work of overseas communications.
Founded in 1949, CIPG is the oldest and largest organization in China for overseas communications. CIPG has under its umbrella 20 organizations including Beijing Review, and overseas branches in 12 countries and regions. CIPG's core businesses include translation, publishing, printing, distribution, the Internet and theoretical research. Each year, CIPG publishes more than 3,000 tiles of books and nearly 30 periodicals in more than 10 foreign languages. It also administers more than 30 websites, including China.com.cn. CIPG's annual export volume of cultural products such as books and periodicals exceeds half of the national total.
While stepping up reform and development, CIPG will fully support Beijing Review in its innovation and development, so that the magazine will constantly improve its quality, employ more communication methods, expand overseas distribution, boost its influence, reform its operation, better serve its readers, and play a bigger role in Sino-foreign exchanges in the new era.
Finally, I wish the 50th birthday will be a new starting point for Beijing Review to make new and bigger achievements in the future.