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Paralympics Opetition in Beijing
china athlete hou ping lights up the cauldron at the national spectadium during the opening ceremony for the beijing paralympic games in beijing, 06 sep 2008 chinese president hu jintao officially declared that the paralympic games had begun .
president hu says the beijing paralympic games are an opportunity for china to further promote a humanitarian spirit and safeguard the rights of disabled people .
earlier in the day, president hu hosted visiting dignitaries for lunch in the great hall of the people .
china is following its successful hosting of the olympictures with a lower-key opening ceremony for the paralympics, an international sporting event for hand physicapped athletes, that runs until september 17 .
stephanie ho reports from beijing .