A newspaper reflects the community it serves. For 100 years, the South China Morning Post has reported the story of this amazing city, Hong Kong. We have recorded the tragedies and triumphs. We have helped shape our society. And we have shared the anguish and the elation of the people - high and low - as Hong Kong suffered, and recovered, from disasters and then drove itself forward to become one of the great cities of the world. That has been our duty. That has been our privilege. Today we mark the 100th anniversary of the first publication of the South China Morning Post. We are, naturally, proud of this achievement. We are, however, also deeply grateful to those who made it possible: the readers, advertisers and staff who supported this newspaper over 10 decades and those who continue to support us now. It has been our good fortune to have been part of Hong Kong since 1903. Day after day, we have provided a snapshot of the life of this city: our stories, pictures, drawings and graphics have grown into a valued archive of Hong Kong's history. In our Centenary edition today, we have delved into our archives to tell the history of the South China Morning Post and, in so doing, publish a unique version of the Hong Kong story. If newspapers, however, are part of their community, then they must also be concerned with its future. Our mission, as we begin a second century of publication, is clear: to report - as faithfully, honestly, accurately and fairly as our human limitations allow - the progress of Hong Kong and its people and the development of the exciting nation of which it is part. We will continue to tell the stories of the economic, business, political, cultural and human affairs of Hong Kong and the rest of China. And we will continue to inform our readers of events around the world. We will, as we have done, offer analysis and opinion, for that is also part of our role. We will not be reluctant to criticise, though we will strive to be constructive. Nor will we be afraid to praise. And we will do our best to be lively, for we know that the foibles and failings, hopes and disappointments, calamities and attainments of people of all standings are also part of the story we are recording. The people of Hong Kong and China have endured great suffering and overcome great obstacles in the past 100 years. They now look forward confidently to a richer future, in every sense of the phrase. At the South China Morning Post, we look forward, with enthusiasm, to telling the story of that future. 'Nam Wah Jo Bo' The South China Morning Post's Chinese name dates back to 1913. From its founding in 1903 during the Qing dynasty until the establishment of the republic, the paper was known as Nam Ching Jo Bo.