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Beijing to London: the Flame Lives on
2009/01/09

IN THE EVENING OF 27 NOVEMBER THE BUILDING OF LONDON DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (LDA) AND TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TFL) WAS FILLED WITH PEOPLE. NEARLY A HUNDRED GUESTS FROM FCO, GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY, LONDON OLYMPIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, THINK LONDON, TFL, LDA AND THE 48 GROUP CLUB CAME DESPITE THE COLDNESS FOR THE COCKTAIL PARTY OF THE EXHIBITION "BEIJING TO LONDON: THE FLAME LIVES ON" HOSTED BY THE CHINESE EMBASSY IN LONDON AND THE GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY. AMBASSADOR FU YING, IAN CLEMENT, DEPUTY MAYOR OF GREATER LONDON, JIANG XIAOYU, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE WHO WAS IN LONDON FOR THE SUMMARY OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES, ATTENDED THE EXHIBITION AND GAVE WARM REMARKS.

FU YING THANKED TFL, LDA AND XINHUA NEWS AGENCY FOR HOSTING THIS EXHIBITION, WHICH BROUGHT PEOPLE BACK TO THE UNFORGETTABLE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES AND PARALYMPICS AND RELIVED THE EXCITING MOMENTS WHEN CHINESE, BRITISH AND OTHER ATHLETES CREATED WONDERS ONE AFTER ANOTHER.

FU YING SAID THAT 2008 WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR FOR CHINA WORTH REMEMBERING FOREVER. THERE WERE BOTH TEARS OF EARTHQUAKES AND JOY OF OLYMPICS. THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES ENHANCED MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN CHINA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. THE CHINESE PEOPLE WOULD MOVE TOWARDS A DEMOCRATIC, PROSPEROUS, STRONG AND CIVILIZED COUNTRY WITH GREATER CONFIDENCE.

THE OLYMPIC GAMES ALSO BROUGHT CHINA AND BRITAIN CLOSER. SHE HOPED THAT IT WOULD CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR COOPERATION IN SPORTS, CULTURAL AND OTHER FIELDS. DESPITE THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS PEOPLE WERE HOPEFUL OF THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES. THE CHINESE WORD OF CRISIS HAD BOTH THE MEANINGS OF DANGER AND OPPORTUNITY. IF PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO TURN CRISIS INTO OPPORTUNITY AND PUSH THE BILATERAL RELATIONS UP A NEW LEVEL. LONDON WOULD BE ABLE TO HOST A GOOD OLYMPICS IN ITS OWN WAY.

MR. CLEMENT SAID THAT HE WAS LUCKY TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES IN AUGUST AND DEEPLY IMPRESSED BY THE EXCELLENT ORGANIZATION, LOGISTICS AND SECURITY OF THE GAMES. CHINA'S CHANGES AND ACHIEVEMENTS AND PEOPLE'S PRIDE AND OPTIMISM WERE EYE CATCHING. LONDON VALUED ITS RESPONSIBILITY OF HOSTING THE 2012 GAMES AND WAS WILLING TO LEARN FROM OTHERS, CHINA IN PARTICULAR, ON THE BASIS OF MUTUAL RESPECT AND BETTER FRIENDSHIP. DESPITE THE CRISIS, LONDON WAS CONFIDENT IN HOSTING UNIQUE OLYMPIC GAMES ON TIME AND WITHIN BUDGET.

JIANG XIAOYU SAID THE SUCCESS OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES SHOWED THE VIGOR AND INFLUENCE OF THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT AND WAS THE RESULT OF CONCERTED EFFORTS OF THE OLYMPIC FAMILY. THE CHINESE SIDE WAS READY TO SHARE WITH THE BRITISH SIDE USEFUL EXPERIENCE OF HOSTING THE GAMES AND COOPERATE WITH THE LONDON ORGANIZING COMMITTEE. HE WISHED THE 2012 GAMES A SUCCESS.

FU YING PRESENTED TO MR. CLEMENT A SOUVENIR STAMP ALBUM OF THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES PRINTED BY CHINA GOLDDEAL. MR. CLEMENT PRESENTED TO FU YING A LOGO OF THE LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES IN RETURN.

THE THREE BIG SCREENS AT THE SITE SHOWED PICTURES OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES AND TWO HD TVS PLAYED OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES AND PARALYMPICS. GUESTS WATCHED WITH INTEREST AND COMMENTED THAT THE EXHIBITION WAS MEANINGFUL IN PERPETUATING MOMENTS IN HISTORY SO THAT VIEWERS WERE ABLE TO ENJOY IT AND FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF CHINA.

MR. CLEMENT AND VICE CHAIRMAN JIANG XIAOYU WERE INTERVIEWED BY CCTV, XINHUA NEWS AGENCY, CHINA NEWS AGENCY, PHOENIX TV AND SINDAO DAILY RESPECTIVELY.

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"BEIJING TO LONDON: THE FLAME LIVES ON" WAS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY AND THE CHINESE EMBASSY, TAKING PLACE BETWEEN 24 AND 27 NOVEMBER. NEARLY 200 PICTURES SHOWED MOMENTS OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING'S CITY LANDSCAPE AND LONDON'S INFRASTRUCTURE. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE VISITED THE EXHIBITION WHICH COMBINES DOCUMENTARY WITH ART AND ENJOYED ONCE AGAIN EXCITEMENT AND JOY OF THE BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES.

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