A photo of former International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch is displayed on a screen at the Great Hall of the People. Photo: VCG
There are many who have been friendly to China over the years. But only 10 made the list broadcast on CCTV Tuesday morning: the winners of the China Reform Friendship Medal.
This morning at the Great Hall of People, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang honored these foreigners as part of the high-profile gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up.
But who are the honorees? The list is as follows:
· Alain Mérieux, a French medical entrepreneur
· Werner Gerich, the first "foreign factory director" during China's reform and opening-up
· Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, who was recognized as an “international activist who promoted China’s economic exchange and cooperation with the outside world”
· Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic
· Masayoshi Ohira, former Japanese prime minister
· Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister
· Juan Antonio Samaranch, the 7th President of the International Olympic Committee
· Stephen Perry, promoter of Sino-British economic and trade exchanges
· Maurice R. Greenberg, former chairman of American International Group, who promoted Sino-foreign economic cooperation
· Robert Kuhn, a public intellectual who wrote a biography of China’s former leader Jiang Zemin