China Daily Hong Kong Edition, which launched on Oct 6, 1997, observed its 20th anniversary at a celebration held at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on Oct 9.
Attended by more than 340 high-profile guests from the government, industries and academia — including Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, chief executive of Hong Kong — the event was shaped around a forum focused on the Belt and Road Initiative, the China-led plan to revive the ancient Silk Road trade routes.
The presence of Zhou Shuchun, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily Group headquartered in Beijing, was particularly encouraging to Hong Kong staff members who work under his leadership.
In his welcoming address, Zhou told the story of China Daily Hong Kong Edition’s 20-year journey.
“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,” he said.
“Founded immediately after the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region came into being, China Daily Hong Kong Edition was also tasked with upholding the values of the One Country, Two Systems principle, outlining its scope and clarifying the nuances according to the Basic Law for its Anglophone readers.”
Zhou referred to President Xi Jinping’s inspection visit to Hong Kong in July, which marked the 20th anniversary of its return to the motherland, and how the One Country, Two Systems principle supports the vision of peace and harmony in Chinese culture.
“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,” he said.
“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 Hong Kong 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 is reflected in the awards that China Daily Hong Kong staff members pick up every year in local, national and international competitions.