IDG China To Co-Publish Magazine With China State Council

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 24, 2000 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading IT media and information services company, today announced that IDG China and the China State Council Information Office (SCIO) will co-publish a special one-time magazine in December to commemorate a recent cultural tour, Chinese Cultural Festival 2000, sponsored by the Chinese government to the United States.

The IDG-SCIO magazine will include photos of the 26-day Chinese Cultural Festival through eight cities in the U.S. as well as essays on diverse aspects of Chinese culture, including both visual and performing arts.

The Chinese Culture Festival 2000, organized in September by SCIO, the Ministry of Culture and the National Tourism Administration, brought traditional Chinese music, folk dance, arts and crafts, and ancient and contemporary fashion to eight American cities, which, coincided with an address by China President Jiang Zeming to the Millennium Summit at the United Nations and was partly designed to encourage tourism to China. Organizers also said they wanted to provide Americans with a better understanding of the Chinese culture.

IDG President & CEO Kelly Conlin attended the event's opening ceremony at the Javits Center in New York City on September 5th. "We are pleased to be a sponsor of this event and also working with SCIO on this project. We believe our sponsorship and joint publishing endeavor will help celebrate the best of Chinese culture and at the same time strengthen the understanding between the U.S. and China," said Conlin.

On September 8th, IDG Chairman Pat McGovern attended a private reception and Chinese music concert hosted by President Jiang Zeming at the Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center. During Pat's April visit to China, SCIO has invited Pat to join the Festival's Advisory Committee.

"As the first U.S. company to create the first joint venture between the U.S. and China, we are delighted to be chosen by the Chinese Government to produce this commemorative issue of such a significant cultural exchange program,” said McGovern.

Sixteen U.S. based multinationals, including IDG, provided corporate sponsorship for the tour that included a 10-day exhibition about Chinese culture at the Javits Center in New York City, a photo exhibit at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and performances by the China National Traditional Orchestra and the Splendid China Folk Dance Company in several U.S. cities.

In addition to IDG, the other corporate sponsors for the tour included Computer Associates, Qualcomm, Boeing, Eastman Kodak, News Corp., Time Warner and Walt Disney, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, American Express, New York Life and AIG.

The tour also featured a lecture series on Chinese culture by Zhao Qizheng, the SCIO Minister; Sun Jiazheng, Minister of Culture; and He Guangwei, Chairman of the National Tourism Administration.

The IDG-SCIO magazine will print 25,000 copies of this special commemorative magazine for distribution to government and business leaders in the U.S. and China. The magazine will be bilingual, both in English and Chinese.

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