"Top Ten Int'l Friends of China" Awarded
The awards ceremony for the online election event "Chinese Connection - Top Ten International Friends of China" was held in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Tuesday.
v Rewi Alley-A Bridge Builder between New Zealand and China
In Rewi Alley's autobiography, he said he was one of the bridge builders between New Zealand-his homeland and China-the land he made his working home. He felt the bridge between the two countries.
v Edgar Snow, Chinese People's Forever Friend
Edgar Snow is believed to be the first western journalist to interview former Chinese leader Mao Zedong. He introduced the Chinese Communist movement to the rest of the world in his renowned book "Red Star Over China."
v Princess Sirindhorn: An Outstanding Envoy of Sino-Thai Friendship
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand is very prestigious in her own country but also enjoys a good reputation in China.
v Dr. Norman Bethune: An Important Bridge of Friendship between China and Canada
Dr. Norman Bethune's name is widely known by Chinese people. .
v Special Interview: Roderick Stewart, a Biography Writer of Bethune
During the last 40 years, Stewart and his wife, Sharon, have published several biographies of Norman Bethune, a Canadian physician and medical innovator who served in wartime medical units with the Chinese Communists during China's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
v Morihiko Hiramastu, Initiator of 'One Village One Product' Campaign
86-year-old Morihiko Hiramastu might not be familiar to many Chinese urban dwellers, but he is a friend to villagers in many places across the country.
v Rewi Alley -- Unforgettable Hero of Chinese and New Zealand People
More than 80 years ago, a young New Zealander named Rewi Alley came to China out of curiosity. His destiny was closely connected with the Chinese people's emancipation and New China's construction.
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About the Event

The cyber selection event,  "Chinese Connection - Top Ten International Friends of China," organized by three authoritative organizations targeting "men and women of the century," and with direct participation of the public, is the first such activity ever held by the People's Republic of China since its founding in 1949.

Hosts:
Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs
China Radio International

Organizer:
CRI Online

Top 10 List
Norman Bethune
A Canadian doctor who died during the Anti-Japanese War in the 1930s for saving Chinese soldiers' lives. (vote: 4694484)
John Rabe
A German who rescued 250,000 Chinese during the Nanjing Massacre committed by the Japanese invaders. (vote: 4097787)
Juan Antonio Samaranch
Honorary lifetime president of IOC, greatly supported China's bid for '08 Olympics. (vote:3736992)
Edgar Snow
The U.S. journalist's novel "Red Star over China" made the country's Red Army and Mao Zedong world famous.(vote:3300122)
Dr. Joseph Needham
A British scientist who spent almost 50 years writing a milestone masterpiece "Science and Civilisation in China." (vote: 2870664)
Israel Epstein
Poland-born Chinese citizen who made China known to the world through his numerous books and articles. (vote: 2397240)
Rewi Alley
A social activist and educator from NZ who contributed to China's national liberation. (vote: 2356251)
Dwarkanath S. Kotnis
The Indian doctor sacrificed his life during China's war of resistance against Japanese aggression. (vote: 2353656)
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Princess of Thailand who promoted the cultural exchange and friendly ties between China and her country. (vote: 2247707)
Morihiko Hiramatsu
A Japanese who helped numerous Chinese farmers out of poverty by sponsoring the One Product for One Village movement. (vote: 2192951)