New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) held for the past 41 years is a major calendar event in the publishing world and this year’s fair was held at the centrally located Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and organized by National Book Trust of India. This year China was accorded as the Guest of Honour Country at the NDWBF 2016. On behalf of World Scientific, Ms. Ranjana S. Rajan, Director, and Ms. Nisha Rahul, General Manager of ACES attended the Book Fair to welcome World Scientific’s distinguished partner team from China Renmin University Press and take part in the Signing Ceremony of Chinese Medicine Classics. China Renmin University Press was represented by Prof. He Yaomin, Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Meng Chao, Vice President, Ms. Yolanda Liu, Vice Director and Mr. Fang Ming, Law Editor. Other key attendees and representatives present at the ceremony included Dr. Wen Jun, Counsellor and Diplomat in charge of Science and Technology, The Embassy of PRC in India, Mr. Xu Zhengming, State administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, Mr. Han Hui, The State Council Information Office, Ms. Peng Donglin, Managing Director, Multi Language Publishing, Prof. Wu Pei Hua, Taofen Publishing Award Awarder, Mr. Wu Jin, Director, Tsinghua University Press, Mr. Hu Suwei, Vice Editor-in-Chief, Tsinghua University Press. With all the China press in attendance, the MOU ceremony began with a welcome note by Mr. Fang Ming, followed by a short speech by Mr. Xu Zhengming from the state administration, Prof. He Yaomin and by Ms. Ranjana Rajan, followed by vote of thanks by Mr. Fang Ming. All these speeches were translated into English (for the non-Chinese audience) and Chinese (for the Chinese audience). After these speeches, the MOU was formally signed by Ms. Ranjana Rajan and Dr. Meng Chao.
In her address, ACES Director Ms. Ranjana Rajan stated, “WSPC are delighted to work with China Renmin University Press and publish the English version of the Chinese Medicine Classics. According to research undertaken, we found that there are hardly any English translations/versions available for publications relating to Chinese ancient medicine. In this sense, we are keen on this pioneering collaboration with Renmin University Press. We are very grateful to the officers of State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television for showing their interest, support and gracing this occasion with their presence. We hope this series could get the support and subsidy from Chinese government, which will enable and help immensely in the translation and publication of this important series in high quality and international standards.”