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Chinese president confident of delivering high-standard Paralympic Games with distinctive features

2008-09-06 08:26:36 GMT2008-09-06 16:26:36 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao proposes a toast during a welcoming luncheon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Sept. 6, 2008. President Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongqing held a welcoming luncheon here on Saturday for dignitaries and their spouses who will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Paralympic Games, scheduled for Saturday night.(Xinhua Photo/Pang Xinglei)

Photo taken on Sept. 6, 2008 shows the welcoming luncheon of the Beijing Paralympic Games, hosted by Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongqing in honor of dignitaries and their spouses, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.(Xinhua Photo/Pang Xinglei)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R2) and his wife Liu Yongqing (R1) greet dignitaries and their spouses at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 6, 2008, ahead of a welcoming luncheon of the Beijing Paralympic Games. [Xinhua]

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here on Saturday that he is confident that Beijing and China will deliver a high-standard Paralympic Games with distinctive features.

"We have set the goal of 'two Games with equal splendor' and, guided by the concept of 'transcendence, integration and equality,' made the utmost effort in the preparation for the Games," said Hu at a welcoming luncheon of the Beijing Paralympic Games.

"Since the 1960s when the first Paralympic Games was held and thanks to the concerted efforts of the international community, the Paralympic Games has become an important cultural and sports event that helps enhance mutual understanding and friendship among the people and promote human civilization," Hu said while proposing a toast.

Over 4,000 athletes from more than 140 countries and regions will participate in the Beijing Paralympic Games. This fully demonstrates the global care and support for sports for people with a disability, Hu said.

"Spirit in Motion" is the motto of the Paralympic Movement. By participating in the Games, Paralympians from around the world display self-esteem, self-confidence, self-improvement and self-support. They share joy, forge friendships, realize dreams and experience success. They challenge themselves and bring out the value of life, said the Chinese leader.

The Paralympic Movement inspires people with and without a disability to interact in the same global family, enjoy equal rights in the society and build a harmonious world together, he said.

Care for people with a disability is an important hallmark of a civilized and progressive society, said the president, adding that the Chinese government and people have always attached importance to the well-being of the 83 million disabled in the country.

"We follow the principle of putting people first and advocate a humanitarian spirit. We stand for equality, oppose discrimination, care for the vulnerable and respect human rights," Hu said.

"We have adopted a range of policies and measures to encourage public care and support for people with a disability and actively promote their overall well-being,, and our achievements have been recognized by all," he said.

For their part, people with a disability in China have constantly strived to improve themselves and become stronger. They have made outstanding contributions to economic and social development in China and earned the respect of the whole society, Hu added.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of sports for people with a disability, and China has been an active participant in the Paralympic Movement. "Since winning the bid to host the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2001, the Chinese government and people have, with the strong support of the IPC and the international community, earnestly fulfilled our solemn commitments to the world," Hu said.

The president pointed out that "One World, One Dream" is the slogan of both the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, adding that "I believe that, the Beijing Paralympic Games will provide an opportunity for people with a disability from all over the world to deepen mutual understanding and friendship, and will leave a rich legacy to the development of sports for people with a disability."

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