Friday, November 23, 2012

IDP Beijing — Tenth Anniversary Celebrations

We were in Beijing last week for celebrations at the National Library of China (NLC) of the 10th anniversary of the launch of the IDP Beijing Chinese language website in November 2002. Colleagues joined us from IDP Dunhuang and from Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology along with scholars and press. Opening speeches were given by Zhang Zhiqing, Deputy Director of the NLC, Baroness Blackstone, Chair of the British Library Board, HE Sebastian Wood, British Ambassador to China, Luo Huaqing, Deputy Director of the Dunhuang Academy, and Susan Whitfield, Director of IDP at the British Library.

The celebrations continued over two days, with Joanna Burke, Regional Director of the British Council, hosting a lunch for Chinese and British guests at the Ambassador's residence.

The picture above shows guests at the UK Ambassador's Residence in Beijing. From l. to r. (seated): Wu Xinyi, Emma Goodliffe, Vic Swift, Zhang Zhiqing, Susan Whitfield, Yu Zhiyong, Idris Abdurusul, Anwar Abulkasim. From l. to r. (standing): Luo Weiyan, Matkasim Tomur, Liang Xushu, Liu Bo, Sheng Yanhai, Lin Shitian, Chen Hongyan, Zhang Xu, Colin Chinnery.