Singapore, 28 November 2011 - For her significant contributions towards promoting Singapore-China bilateral ties through her excellent work in journalism, Ms Han Yong Hong, Lianhe Zaobao's Beijing Chief Correspondent, has clinched the Young Achiever Award at the Business China Awards 2011.
Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs at Resorts World Convention Centre was the Guest of Honour at the awards ceremony held at the Resorts World Convention Centre.
Into its second year, the Business China Awards honour outstanding businessmen, entrepreneurs and professionals for their successes and contributions in fostering Singapore-China's relationship, and strengthening bilingualism and biculturalism in Singapore.
Ms Han, 39, graduated from National University of Singapore with a Master’s Degree in Chinese Studies. Between 1996 and 2000, she was a freelance theatre stage manager, theatre director and script writer. She joined Lianhe Zaobao as a journalist in 2000, covering theatre, music and visual arts.
In 2005, she was appointed Correspondent for the Beijing Bureau for Lianhe Zaobao and was later promoted to Beijing Chief Correspondent in 2009.
Based in Beijing, the veteran journalist has covered key events and developments in China. Some of her outstanding news coverage include the visit of Premier Wen Jiabao to Singapore, the Eco-City in the Tianjin Binhai region, the snow disaster in Chenzhou, interviews in Tibet after the 314 incident in Lhasa, the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 and reports on the social and political impacts after the riots and unrest in Xinjiang in 2009.
Ms Han was one of the first foreign journalists to reach the epicentre of the Sichuan earthquake to gather exclusive reports for Lianhe Zaobao. In 2010, she conducted an exclusive interview with Foreign Minister George Yeo for a special report in Lianhe Zaobao to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Singapore-China bilateral ties.
In a citation provided by Business China, it said that "Yong Hong is a passionate Lianhe Zaobao journalist whose objective and incisive reports on China has won her admiration from readers in Singapore, China and South East Asia. She was the only journalist from Southeast Asia selected by the Chinese government to cover the Tibet situation after the Lhasa riots. Her articles have been published by the People’s Daily, a rare recognition from China for a foreign journalist."
Ms Han said: "I'm very honoured to be receiving this award. It is not just a recognition of my work, but also an acknowledgement of my efforts in promoting bilateral ties between the two countries as a journalist. China's development, which is changing at a rapid rate, has far-reaching influences in Southeast Asia, including Singapore. It is my privilege to be able to capture these changes in my news coverage for the Singapore community, and to help our readers in China understand the Singapore perspective."
Ms Han is the second recipient of the Business China Young Achiever Award and the first journalist to receive this recognition. Pop singer Stefanie Sun Yanzi was the inaugural winner last year.
Two other recipients were honoured at the Business China Awards 2011. Nanyang Technological University (Mayor's Class) received the Enterprise Award and Mr Teo Woon Tiong (also known as Y.C Chang) received the Excellence Award.
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