Gung He Fat Choy...Gong Xi Fa Cai
Happy Chinese New Year!
As we prepare to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, all of us here at China Insight are also excited about celebrating the 10th Anniversary of publishing China Insight next month. In the decade since our first issue was published in February, 2002, there have been many events that have influenced China's re-emergence onto the global scene.
During the decade that China Insight has been serving as a bridge by printing an English language newspaper to promote better cultural and business understanding between the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and the United States, much has taken place that now makes China a leading economic power. Much of this can be attributed to China's ascension into the World Trade Organization in late 2001.
Although the PRC may not score high marks in matters of human rights, protection of intellectual property along with its administrating its rule of law, the PRC has nonetheless persevered while also enduring natural disasters like earthquakes, SARS epidemics and other calamities.
As China Insight has reported over the years, this decade of growth in China was shaped by the economic programs implemented in each of the recent 5 year plans submitted by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabo, both of whose terms will end in 2012. One of the crowning achievements during this period was hosting the very successful 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
In addition to publishing the newspaper, China Insight also promotes or sponsors local events that foster U.S.-China cultural and business harmony. The goal is to build on these accomplishments and expand the type of service that can be provided to those who are interested in fostering U.S.-China culture and business.
China Insight, in collaboration with the Chinese Heritage Foundation, established A Passage to China in 2008 which has become an annual event held at Mall of America to promote Chinese history, culture and customs through interactive activities for all ages with over 40 organizations from throughout the Twin Cities communities participating as a FREE event for the general public. The dates for the 5th annual A Passage to China will be April 21-22, 2012 at Mall of America.
In the months ahead we plan on highlighting some of the events that has influenced coverage by China Insight and want you to know that we are committed to providing the best possible coverage of news and events that affect the community. We will be making some changes to our Web site so that we can be more proactive and timely in serving the community.
We welcome your continued support and appreciate your support of our advertisers that provide much of the revenue needed to produce the paper. Also, China Insight would not be possible without the support and commitment from its all volunteer staff.
Best wishes from all of us at China Insight for a healthy and prosperous Year of the Dragon.
Gregory J. Hugh
Gregory J. Hugh