2017-10-13 21:44

China Daily Hong Kong Edition celebrates 20 glorious years

By Chitralekha Basu

China Daily Hong Kong Edition, which was launched on Oct 6, 1997, observed its 20th anniversary at a star-studded yet somber celebration held at Grand Hyatt on Monday. 

Attended by over 340 high-profile guests drawn from the government, industries and the academia — including Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor — the event was shaped around a Belt-and-Road-themed forum. 

The presence of Zhou Shuchun, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily Group headquartered in Beijing, was particularly encouraging to staff members in Hong Kong who work under his leadership.

In his welcome address, Zhou succinctly delineated the story of China Daily HK’s 20-year journey in a nutshell. “China Daily Hong Kong Edition was founded to cater to the city’s huge community of English-speaking readers — to bring them news, views and in-depth research-based features from across China, and beyond. Founded immediately after the Hong Kong SAR came into being, China Daily Hong Kong Edition was also tasked with upholding the values of ‘one country, two systems’ principle, outlining its scope and clarifying the nuances according to the Basic Law for its Anglophone readers,” he said.

Referring to President Xi Jinping’s inspection visit to the city in July on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, and his remarks about how “one country, two systems” gives expression to the vision of peace and harmony in the Chinese culture, Zhou said: “I am happy to note that the Hong Kong Edition of China Daily, through its reports and opinion pieces, has been promoting a similar value system, founded on the principles of harmony and greater common good. Today it’s a well-respected and influential paper, having acquired a substantial local and international following across its different platforms accessible in print and online.”

Zhou congratulated the China Daily HK team for “putting in the hard work and dedication that has turned the paper into a credible source of news and opinion pieces”. He said this had been reflected in the awards China Daily staffers brought home every year from Hong Kong, national and international competitions, often competing with the finest in the media industry.  

Zhou offered a brief introduction to the theme of the panel discussion — Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area from the Belt and Road Perspective: Opportunities and Challenges. Zhou then recalled a recent comment made by Xi, when he said the Belt and Road Initiative was both about promoting the spirit of international cooperation as well as fostering sustainable development.

Zhou said he was confident that the panelists would share insights into the response to his queries about how Xi’s vision for achieving commercial prosperity and eco-friendly development could become a reality.