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China Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening-Up, Mr. Wu Liangyong Awarded the Medal of Reform Pioneer
China held a grand gathering on Dec. 18, 2018 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country’s reform and opening-up. Chinese President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, made an important speech at the gathering. He stressed in the speech that the past 40 years eloquently prove that China’s development provides a successful experience and offers a bright prospect for other developing countries as they strive for modernization. China’s development has effectively served the cause of world peace and development, and represents a great contribution of the Chinese nation to the progress of human civilization. The past 40 years prove that the reform and opening-up is an important way for the Party and the people to stride ahead to catch up with the times, the only path to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, a game-changing move in making China what it is today, and a game-changing move for us to achieve China’s two centenary goals and its great national rejuvenation.

In order to honor the advanced individuals and inspire the fighting spirit, and to carry forward the spirit of reform, which is to dare to break new ground and take the lead, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council decided to award 100 comrades a Reform Pioneers Medal. In order to appreciate the support and help by the international society to China’s cause of reform and opening-up, the gathering also gave Alain Merieux and 9 foreigners a China Reform and Friendship Medal.

Professor Wu Liangyong of Tsinghua University’s School of Architecture, also a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was awarded the medal of Reform Pioneer. Professor Wu is one of the founders of new China’s architectural education cause, an academic leader in the field of architecture and urban planning of China, and also a worldwide famous scholar of the theory of architecture and urban planning. In view of the characteristics of large construction scale, high speed, and the wide coverage of China’s urbanization, he established the Sciences of Human Settlements and a series of spatial planning and design methods and practice modes centering at human settlement construction, which are commonly recognized by the international field of architecture. By successfully applying the Sciences of Human Settlements, Professor Wu carried out urban planning and design research and practice in multiple dimensions and categories including regional, urban and rural planning, architectural design, and landscape architecture. He also participated in the design of the new building of Beijing Library, the planning and design of the expansion of Tian’anmen Square, the campus design of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Confucius Institute, and other major projects. He was awarded the State Highest Science and Technology Awards in 2012.

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