BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Foreign leaders who are
in Beijing for the Olympic Games have heaped praise on the successful opening
ceremony and China's efforts for hosting good Games, the Chinese Foreign
Ministry said on Sunday while recalling "who said what" over the weekend.
United States President George W. Bush described the
grand opening ceremony as "spectacular" during a meeting with his Chinese
counterpart Hu Jintao on Sunday.
Bush said he has "fully enjoyed" the Games, and
thanked the Chinese side for its considerate arrangements of various activities
for himself and his family during their stay in Beijing.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he admires the
Chinese people for their efforts and contribution to the Games organization.
Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo said the Games
are a grand sports rally as well as a hard-won opportunity for all the world's
countries to enhance understanding and mutual trust.
The opening ceremony on Friday night by China's
internationally acknowledged film director Zhang Yimou, used new technologies to
bring icons of Chinese culture and the Olympiad to life.
Many foreign leaders and dignitaries particularly
found the cauldron lighting impressive. The cauldron was lit by China's
gymnastics legend Li Ning after "space-walking" around the top of the
91,000-seat National Stadium.
"It's very well organized and displays China's
traditional culture as well as high technologies," said President of the
Republic of Korea Lee Myung bak. "As an Asian, I'm proud of the success of the
President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai said the
Olympic preparations and all the good facilities demonstrate China's tremendous
capability and he trusts the Beijing Games will be one of the most successful in
Beijing's achievements in hosting the Games have
inspired the Brazilians, who are applying to host the 2016 Games in Rio De
Janeiro, said Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
A better China will bring about a better world, and
will benefit mankind as a whole, said Israeli President Shimon Peres. He said he
was impressed by Beijing's preparations for the Olympic Games, "an unprecedented
effort in world history".
More than 80 heads of state and government and royals
attended the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.