|Reception for foreign experts held by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs |
A reception in honor of foreign experts winning the 2004 "Friendship Award" was held on September 27 at Beijing
Foreign Experts Building.
The state-level "Friendship Award", hosted annually by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs under the State Council, was established in 1991 to thank and commend the foreign experts for their contribution to China's social development and construction in the fields of economy, science-technology, education and culture.
Altogether 84 foreign experts from 21 countries received the award this year. Recommended by local governments, they are voted out from 147 candidates by the Award Appraisal Committee organized by the Administration.
These experts are invited to Beijing before October 1, China's National Day, to meet state leaders and attend a series of festival activities. The award-granting ceremony will be held on September 29 at the Great Hall of the People.
By People's Daily Online