Xi urges im­prove­ment in abil­ity to deal with nat­u­ral dis­as­ters

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Xin­hua)

CHI­NESE Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping yes­ter­day called for ef­forts to im­prove the coun­try’s abil­ity to safe­guard against nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, and fully launch the plan­ning and con­struc­tion of the Sichuan-Ti­bet rail­way.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, made the re­marks at the third meet­ing of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee for Fi­nan­cial and Eco­nomic Af­fairs, which he also heads.

“As a stronger ca­pa­bil­ity of safe­guard­ing against nat­u­ral dis­as­ters con­cerns the econ­omy and peo­ple’s liveli­hood, China will set up an ef­fi­cient and sci­en­tific sys­tem and im­prove the ca­pa­bil­ity of the whole so­ci­ety in a bid to pro­tect peo­ple’s lives and prop­erty and na­tional se­cu­rity,” Xi said when ad­dress­ing the meet­ing.

He also high­lighted the Sichuan-Ti­bet rail­way, say­ing it was of pro­found sig­nif­i­cance for the coun­try’s longterm sta­bil­ity and the de­vel­op­ment of Ti­bet.

As one of the most disas­ter-prone coun­tries in the world, China has at­tached great im­por­tance to the mat­ter and made re­mark­able progress, the meet­ing said. But its over­all ca­pa­bil­ity to re­spond to such ex­treme con­di­tions is still rel­a­tively weak, and more should be done.

To fix the short link, China will work to build a co­or­di­nated disas­ter-re­spond­ing sys­tem, adopt a peo­ple-cen­tered ap­proach, give pri­or­ity to the en­vi­ron­ment, try its best to min­i­mize the af­ter­math, pro­pel re­forms and in­no­va­tion to mod­ern­ize its ca­pa­bil­ity, and con­tinue in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the meet­ing.

A raft of ma­jor projects will be ad­vanced, in­clud­ing eco­log­i­cal restora­tion of for­est, grass­land and rivers, coastal pro­tec­tion such as build­ing eco­log­i­cal sea­walls, hous­ing re­in­force­ment projects in earth­quake-prone ar­eas, flood con­trol and drought re­lief, re­lo­ca­tion of res­i­dents in disas­ter-hit places, con­struc­tion of emer­gency cen­ters, nat­u­ral disas­ter mon­i­tor­ing and early warn­ing, and the mod­ern­iza­tion of res­cue tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment.

The meet­ing also em­pha­sized the plan­ning and con­struc­tion of the Sichuan-Ti­bet rail­way, as it will pro­mote eth­nic sol­i­dar­ity, safe­guard na­tional unity and con­sol­i­date the sta­bil­ity of the fron­tier, as well as bol­ster Ti­bet’s eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

China will push for­ward the project at a high start­ing point, and pur­sue high stan­dards and qual­ity, the meet­ing said, stress­ing sci­en­tific plan­ning, tech­ni­cal sup­port, eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion, safety and re­li­a­bil­ity.

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