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Friendship Award
2012-06-06 10:19:54

Since the early 1980s, the Japanese expert Mr. Hara Shoichi has come to China 63 times to impart his rice drought-raising thin-planting technique. He saw the wide application of this technique which increased the average yield per mu by 10% as compared to conventional methods.

The German expert Mr. Grisch, the first foreign factory director of the People’s Republic of China, assumed the post of director at Wuhan Diesel Engine Plant from 1984 to 1986. During his term, the advanced management concept he introduced from abroad exerted a tremendous impact on the management system of our state-owned enterprises.

Mr. Toyama Seiei, an almost one-hundred-year-old Japanese, devoted his years after retirement selflessly to the desert afforestation in China. In answer to his call, Chinese and Japanese volunteers worked together for over ten years to cover 300,000 mu of mobile sand dunes in Engebei Region with green.

Hara Shoichi, Grisch, Toyama Seiei and all other foreign experts who made outstanding contributions to our country share a special honor – Friendship Award.

The Friendship Award of China is the supreme award that the Chinese government confers to foreign experts who work in China. Hosted annually before National Day by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, it is an award to thank and commend the foreign experts for their outstanding achievements and dedication to China’s development and construction in the fields of economy, technology, education and culture as well as personnel cultivation. Winners of the year’s award are invited to Beijing to attend the awarding ceremony on National Day (October 1st). They meet with the Party and state leaders of China and participate in National Day festivities. This is the highest honor that the Chinese government confers to foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China.

This award grew out of the award established in 1950s in honor of experts from the former Soviet Union and East European countries. On the eve of National Day, the then Premier Zhou Enlai and Foreign Minister Chen Yi presented the letter of thanks to the foreign experts who made special contributions to China. After the reform and opening to the outside, with the renewal of introduction and commendation of foreign experts, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs resumed the Friendship Award in 1991.

Approximately 50 foreign experts receive the Friendship Award every year, with approximately 100 awarded on the 5th and 10th anniversaries of National Day. From 1991 to 2004, a total of 800 foreign experts from 55 countries all over the world have received this honorary award. At present, more than 30 kinds of foreign expert awards have been established at the provincial, regional and municipal levels.

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