Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends,
Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship is inaugurated today. I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and the Beijing Municipal People’s Government, to extend my cordial congratulations to the opening of the forum and express my warm welcome to all the international friends and representatives of the friendship associations of other provinces and cities.
As the capital of the People’s Republic of China and the political, cultural and international communication center of the country, Beijing has a history of 3,000 years as a city and dates back 850 year when it first became the capital of the country. It assembles a splendid Chinese culture, plenty of famous scenic spots, landscape and historical sites, boasting a city with the most world cultural heritage in the world and attracting more than 147 million guests both at home and abroad who come to visit every year.
Since the successful hosting of the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and based on the strategic goal of building up “People’s Beijing, High-tech Beijing and Green Beijing”, the 19 million Beijing people, under the leadership of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and the Beijing Municipal Government, have made great effort to transform the mode of economic development continuously, ensure and improve people’s living standards and advance the construction of harmonious society, steadily upgrading the level of city’s modernization and civilization. Especially when the 8th plenary session of the 10th Municipal Party Committee put forward the goal of constructing a world city with Chinese characteristics to make Beijing a city of international activities, a city of the world high-end enterprise headquarters, a city of the world best talents, a city of advanced culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics and a city suitable to live，a new requirement and higher for the work of people-to-people friendship between Beijing and foreign countries are advanced. With the opening of the Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship, the organizers and sponsors of the forum like Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries will surely bring into full play their special advantages. Further promote international cooperation, attract more advantageous resources and make continuous contributions to improvement of the international standard of the capital and to the building up Beijing into a world city with Chinese characteristics.
Finally, I wish Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship a complete success!
Hou Yulan, Deputy Secretary General of Beijing Municipal People’s Government