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Beijing ceremony marks 110th anniversary of New Zealander Rewi Alley's birth
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20:44, September 07, 2007

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A ceremony held in Beijing Friday marked the 110th anniversary of the birth of Rewi Alley, an old friend of Chinese people from New Zealand, who had spent 60 years living and working in China.

Gu Xiulian, vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the top legislature, attended the ceremony.

Li Jianping, vice president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), said at the ceremony that Rewi Alley had worked hard for the cause of the Chinese people's revolution and construction for most of his life.

"Either in the hearts of the Chinese or in the eyes of the people of New Zealand, the name of Rewi Alley represents the spirit of selfless devotion and universal brotherhood."

Tony Browne, Ambassador of the New Zealand to China, described Alley as "the pride of two countries".

"His legacy is something which two nations have been able to draw on as we have built our modern relationship over the past 35 years," said the Ambassador.

Margaret Cooper, president of the New Zealand China Friendship Society, and Maurice Alley, nephew of Rewi Alley, also spoke at the ceremony, which was sponsored by the CPAFFC.

Some 400 people from both countries attended the ceremony held at the Great Hall of People in central Beijing.

Rewi Alley, born in New Zealand on Dec. 2, 1897, came to China in April 1927. He initiated an industrial cooperative movement together with Edgar Snow, a renowned U.S. journalist working in China during the World War II, to support the Chinese in anti-Japanese War.

He also contributed much to the friendship between the people of New Zealand and China.

Source: Xinhua



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