Respected President Hu Jintao and Mrs. Hu, officials, distinguished guests, dear athletes and supporters of the Paralympics all over the world,
Good evening and welcome!
Tonight, we are here to celebrate the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
The scale of this Paralympics is exceptional. For the number of athletes, the participating countries and the sports items all surpass the former one.
This Games will be a landmark in the Paralympic history. We are inspired by it. Meanwhile, we are of one mind with the millions of Chinese people who had just suffered one after another severe natural disasters in the passed few months.
The disasters didn't obstruct China and the determination of President Liu Qi and Beijing Olympic Organization Committee to make preparations for the Olympic Games. Beijing Olympic Games is wonderful and exceptional. I believe that Beijing Paralympics will achieve another great success.
I should pay tribute to all of you, thank you for your excellent work. In the past seven years, our cooperation has always been friendly, frank, stable and constructive.
Also, I should give my thanks to the International Olympic Committee for their great support, also President Jacques Rogge and Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, who will stay with us tonight. Thank you very much!
No Doubt, tonight and the next 11 days, the athletes will be the true heroes.
Athletes of the Paralympics, in order to come here, you have practiced year after year. So you should fully bring out your potentials and respect the the spirit of fair play. Nobody could predict that how you will exceed your boldest dream.
Also, you come here to relax your body and soul and to make friends. Please keep Beijing, Qingdao and Hongkong as your eternal memory. This has no concern with hope, but with farsightedness and all that you have represented. No matter you want to exhibit your elegance in the sports ground or give your frank suggestions during the election of the International Paralympic Committee, Athletes Committee, we all want to see your confidence and independence.
At the right moment, I want to appreciate the beautiful stadium with all of you. “Bird Nest” is a vivid example, representing the promise of China to build a modernization world.
All of us can see the magnificent vigor of this wonderful architecture made by reinforcing steel bars, concrete, glass and other Hi-Tech materials. However, only when all of you, the audience, the performers and the athletes are in the beautiful stadium, can it be given a true life. But when the team officials, the match officials, media, sponsors and the unmatched volunteers come here, you are going to create a unique Paralympic experience.
From tomorrow, we will see one after another wonderful shows. We can see victory and despair. However, the most important thing is that when we get together, we will melt into the unique power source, which seems easily accessible and breathable. This is called the spirit of the Paralympics. when your soul was taken up by it, you will find it was difficult to detach. It will accompany you through your whole life.
During the twelve days of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, you will find, that the difference existed in the world will not that clear as you ever thought.
You will find that we are all in the same world.
And then, I have the honor of asking the President of the Peoples Republic of China to open the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.