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Senior CPC official attends opening ceremony at London Book Fair (2)

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13:22, April 16, 2012

Li Changchun (2nd R), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong (1st R) and British representatives push a light ball, marking the opening of the Market Focus activity of this year's London Book Fair in London, capital of Britain, April 15, 2012. China is honored as the Market Focus at this year's London Book Fair, one of the world's largest book fairs which will kick off on Monday. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

About 181 Chinese publishers as well as rights managers and celebrities from literary circles will take part in the London Book Fair to promote Chinese works.

Some 300 activities will be held during the book fair, during which 57 leading Chinese writers, including Tie Ning, chairwoman of the China Writers Association, as well as renowned Chinese writers Wang Meng and Mo Yan, will participate in literary events with well-known British writers and readers.

"The rich and varied events hosted by China as the country of honor will give a full picture of China's unique culture and its modern development," Li said. "Our friends will have a chance to feel China, know China and understand China."

On the British side, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, said at the ceremony that dialogue was the key to building relationships among countries.

"As both nations are proud of our literary heritages, I think it is a right and proper way to recognize the creative industries in both our countries," he said.

Li arrived in London Sunday on a four-day official visit to Britain, with an aim to promote cultural exchange and bilateral ties between the two countries.

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