On Oct 1, or National Day, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrates its birthday. The PRC is turning 70 this year. Over the past decades, many people have helped China grow and develop through their hard work. China is awarding (授予) 42 people, including both Chinese and foreigners, national medals (国家勋章) and honorary titles for the contributions (贡献) they have made toward the country’s success. Eight people will receive the Medal of the Republic (共和国勋章), six foreigners will receive the Friendship Medals, and 28 people will receive the National Honorary Titles (国家荣誉称号).