On behalf of the Municipal Government and the citizens of Beijing,
it is my privilege to invite you to Beijing to participate in
the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2002.
Each year, a number of large-sized international academic conferences
are held in our city. However, the forthcoming ICM2002 is of special
importance to us because it is dedicated to a basic and essential
field of human knowledge of which unprecedented development was
achieved in the 20th century and because it is the first ICM to
be held in a developing country. The Government of Beijing Municipality,
together with the educational and research institutions in Beijing,
will make every effort to ensure a rewarding and successful ICM2002.
Beijing is an ancient yet modern city. This fast changing city
has retained colorful and harmonious mixture of ancient and modern
civilizations. It has many wonderful cultural opportunities for
you to discover and to enjoy. Dear friends, please take the time
to come to explore the future of mathematics, to contribute your
knowledge, to renew acquaintances, to make new friends, and to
enjoy our hospitality. The Great Wall is waving to you!