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Chinese president enters Banquet hall with foreign leaders


Source: | 08-08-2008 14:35

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

President Hu Jintao hosted a grand banquet for dignitaries from all over the world who are in Beijing to attend the Olympic opening ceremony. President Hu Jintao thanked the international community for their support to the Beijing Olympics.

Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses a welcoming luncheon in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. Hu Jintao hosted a welcoming luncheon in honor of world dignitaries who are here to attend the opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.(Xinhua Photo)
Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses a 
welcoming luncheon in Beijing, China, Aug. 
8, 2008. Hu Jintao hosted a welcoming 
luncheon in honor of world dignitaries 
who are here to attend the opening 
ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
(Xinhua Photo)

More than one hundred leaders, royal family members and their spouses from around the world gathered at the Great Hall of People on Friday for a welcoming Banquet hosted by Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Addressing the banquet, Hu Jintao said in the course of bidding and preparing for the Olympics, the Chinese government and people have received sincere help from governments and people from other countries. The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Family have also provided strong support.

Hu Jintao, Chinese President, said, "I would like to express heartfelt thanks to you, and through you, to all those who have contributed to the Beijing Olympic Games. I also wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the international community for the warm support and valuable assistance given to China in our rescue and relief efforts after the devastating earthquake in southwestern Sichuan province."