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Opening speech at Second 10+3 Media Cooperation Forum
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14:16, May 22, 2008

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Zhang Yannong

President of People's Daily

May 19, 2008

Distinguished Deputies, colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning! Please allow me to extend to you a warm welcome and congratulations on the opening of the forum, on behalf of People's Daily, the sponsor of the forum.

It has been 11 years since 10 plus 3 cooperation between the ASEAN and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea was inaugurated. Under the common goal of "peace, development and cooperation," the 10 plus 3 cooperation mechanism has maintained strong momentum and exuberant vitality. Within the mechanism, media cooperation and communication does not only serve as a driving force, but also as an important way to deepen this cooperation. It is at this significant starting point that we will hold the media cooperation forum.

The theme of this forum is, "The Beijing Olympic Games: Sharing the Success, Sharing the News." The Beijing Olympic Games is an international sports gala, which not only belongs to the Chinese people and Asian people, but to people around the globe. It is the common wish of people of all nationalities in China to host a successful Olympic Games. It is also a solemn commitment to the world. By taking part in the activities organized by the forum, I believe media representatives will experience the Chinese people's sincere practice of carrying on the Olympic spirit. You will be able to see the Chinese people's eagerness to participate in and contribute to the Olympic Games; and you will be experiencing the new changes in the course of China's opening up and economic construction, with the Binhai New Area of Tianjin as one example.

We are truly honored to have present relevant leaders from the Beijing Olympic Games Organizing Committee, Ministry of Commerce, and Ministry of Culture, who will introduce to you preparations for the Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the thoughts and measures for strengthening political trust; promoting economic cooperation; and broadening cultural exchanges within the framework of the 10 plus 3 mechanism. Their presence indicates the Chinese government's true appreciation for the 10 plus cooperation mechanism. Their speeches will help promote communication and cooperation among the media.

Today, accompanied by steps to deepen the friendly relations among 10 plus 3, the practical need to continuously deepen mutual trust and understanding, communication and cooperation has endowed the media with a lofty responsibility and mission; and bring us an unprecedented opportunity for cooperation. Today, I expect that friends in the media will carry out abundant communications and hold candid conversations centered on the cooperation methods and ways for the coverage of Beijing Olympics. I expect you will exchange ideas and reach a consensus on strengthening mutual reporting and practical cooperation in the future. On the basis of such a consensus, we will carry forward friendly cooperation within the 10 plus 3 framework.

The occasion of the Beijing Olympic Games is an opportune time to cooperate. We are looking forward to your media organizations' active participation in the coverage of the Games. Through your objective, accurate and complete coverage, people around the world, especially people in Asia, will share in the joy of the Olympic Games.

Holding the forum in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin offers you and your media organizations the opportunity to get to know Tianjin and experience it. Situated at the juncture of the Circum-Bohai Economic Zone and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city group, the Binhai New Area enjoys unique geological advantages and boasts great potential for development. The Binhai New Area's opening up and development has been incorporated into the country's overall strategy; and the area has been approved as the State Pilot Zone for Overall Reform. In effect, it will certainly play a more vital role in China's opening up and innovation.

We believe that holding this forum will enrich the implications for 10 plus 3 cooperation; create new cooperative methods; and bring 10 plus 3 cooperation to a new height.

To boost mutual trust through dialogue; promote cooperation through mutual trust; and achieve a win-win situation through cooperation are our common aspirations and shared responsibilities. Let us join hands together to work for a harmonious and prosperous home.

Wishing the Second 10+3 Media Cooperation Forum complete success! Also wishing you successful coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games!

Thank You!

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