Liu Qi meets with Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Updated: 2006-09-05 10:31
Liu Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) met with visiting Grand Duke Henry of Luxembourg on Monday.
Cordial meeting between Liu Qi and Luxembourg Grand DukeLiu Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) met with visiting Grand Duke Henry of Luxembourg in Beijing September 4, 2006. [BOCOG]
Welcoming the guest to Beijing, Liu said Luxembourg, a founding member of the European Union, has had good relations with China and that his visit will push forward the development of bilateral relations.
Liu briefed the guest on the preparatory work for the 2008 Olympic Games and the status of social-economic development in Beijing. All new Olympic competition venues are under construction now and efforts are being made to carry out the concepts of "Green Olympics," "High-tech Olympics," and "People's Olympics." In last August two test events were held in Qingdao and Beijing separately and on September 6 the Beijing Paralympic Games mascot will be unveiled.
Construction of environmental projects and infrastructure facilities are underway and civility and Olympic education are being promoted in Beijing, Liu said, adding that the capital city is taking the Olympic Games as a good opportunity to promote social-economic development. He believed that the Olympic Games also offered an opportunity for an increase of exchange and cooperation in various fields between China and Luxembourg.
The Luxembourg leader told Liu that great changes have taken place since his first visit to Beijing 18 years ago. He commended Beijing's development and BOCOG's achievement in preparing for the Olympic Games, believing that Beijing will hold a successful Olympiad.
Grand Duke Henry is on a week-long state visit to China from September 3 to 9 at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. The 51-year-old Grand Duke has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1998.