|Premier Wen Jiabao Meets with IOC President Rogge|
On April 9, 2008, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge at the Great Hall of the People.
Wen first expressed gratitude to the IOC and Rogge for their valuable support to the preparations of the Beijing Olympic Games and admiration for the contribution they had made to the development of the Olympic Movement and the enhancement of mutual understanding and friendship among people from different countries and regions.
Wen said that the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games would be a great event for the people from the world and the Beijing 2008 torch relay is being held all over the world. He added that the Olympic Flame is a symbol of peace, friendship, advancement and brightness, representing the common pursuits and wishes of the mankind for the bright future. "We believe that the Olympic flame, which belongs to all mankind, will never extinguish," said Wen.
Wen finally said that the Chinese government and the 1.3 billion Chinese people would follow the Olympic spirit, work hard in all aspects of preparations for the Beijing Olympic Games, enhance cooperation with the international community and make sure China could successfully stage a high-level Olympic Games with distinctive features and fulfill China's commitments to the world.
Rogge said that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) spoke highly of the efficient work China has done for the successful hosting of Beijing Olympic Games. He said it was the right decision to award the Games to Beijing in 2001 and IOC will as always support China's hosting of the Beijing Olympic Games. Rogge expressed hope that Beijing 2008 torch relay abroad will go on in a peaceful and smooth way. And he believes that the Chinese government has the ability to appropriately solve issues that have appeared recently.