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Over 300 international media members from more than 100 countries and regions are covering the 60th anniversary celebration for the People's Republic of China. What is these foreign reporters' main focus, and how are they responding to the nation's rapid development?

Jaime Florcruz is the chief of the CNN Beijing Bureau. Stepping into his office, one feels a strong sense of Chinese style.

Florcruz says the network's Beijing Bureau is ready to cover China's National Day. CNN has already filed a series of reports about the pre-event rehearsals.

Florcruz has been working and living in China for nearly 40 years. On October 1st, he and his team will report from the reviewing stand west of Tian'anmen Square.

Florcruz says that he feels fortunate to be reporting on such a grand occasion. He hopes that, through the network's camera lens, viewers can witness China's advanced weaponry and rapid social development.

Andrey Kirilov is the Beijing Bureau Chief for Russia's Itar-Tass News Agency. In fluent Chinese, he says that he wants to interview ordinary people on how they feel about the country's recent changes. Such coverage can also help Russian people learn more about today's China.

These reporter cards belong to Stephen McDonnell, Chief Correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Beijing Bureau.

In the last year, he has covered the Wenchuan earthquake, the Beijing Olympic Games, and the Paralympics.

As for China's National Day celebrations, he is most interested in the military parade, especially the advanced aircraft.

In his spare time, McDonnell usually enjoys looking at Chang'an Avenue from his balcony. He says that China's recent development has far exceeded his imagination. The journalist is also very happy to see the nation open up more and more to the outside world.

These three international reporters have witnessed China's impressive changes in recent years. Some even call themselves "Beijing residents." All like Chinese food, Chinese paintings, and Chinese literature. They also have many Chinese friends. The country has become an important part of their lives.

(CCTV September 29, 2009)


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