Pres­i­dent Xi plants trees, urges forestry devel­op­ment

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Bei­jing: Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged devel­op­ment of the coun­try’s forestry while at­tend­ing a vol­un­tary tree plant­ing in Bei­jing on Tues­day. Mr Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, vis­ited an af­foresta­tion site in Bei­jing’s Dax­ing Dis­trict and planted six saplings of dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties at the site. Other top lead­ers, in­clud­ing Premier Li Ke­qiang as well as Zhang De­jiang, Yu Zheng­sheng, Liu Yun­shan, Wang Qis­han and Zhang Gaoli, also at­tended the event.

Not­ing that the 13th Five-Year Plan pe­riod (2016-2020) marks an im­por­tant stage in build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety in all re­spects and in China’s eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion drive, the pres­i­dent stressed forestry devel­op­ment as a sig­nif­i­cant mea­sure to ful­fill these goals.

Call for vol­un­tary tree plant­ing He called on of­fi­cials at all lev­els to take the lead in vol­un­tary tree plant­ing cam­paigns to pro­mote new devel­op­ment con­cepts with their own prac­tices. Also, he called for proper man­age­ment of planted trees to make peo­ple’s liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment greener and more beau­ti­ful.

The pres­i­dent called for an al­tru­is­tic and down-to-earth spirit for such ac­tiv­i­ties, cit­ing the Chi­nese proverb “peo­ple plant trees so their off­spring can en­joy the shade.” Sit­u­ated in Xi­hong­men town­ship in Bei­jing’s south­ern Dax­ing Dis­trict, the greens where the top lead­ers planted trees used to be a venue for lo­gis­tic in­ven­tory and other low-end in­dus­tries.

Thanks to the strat­egy of co-or­di­nated devel­op­ment of Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei which re­quires the cap­i­tal city to es­chew its non-cap­i­tal func­tions, the place has been re­shaped into a park fol­low­ing eco­nomic re­struc­tur­ing.

‘Green­ing the coun­try’ Mr Xi told of­fi­cials, vol­un­teers and school chil­dren present that Mao Ze­dong is­sued the call of “green­ing the coun­try” 60 years ago, and the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress be­gan the tree plant­ing cam­paign 35 years ago at the be­hest of Deng Xiaop­ing.

Over the years, China’s forests have con­tin­ued to grow at the fastest pace in the world this cen­tury, Mr Xi noted. The pres­i­dent also stressed the en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion drive.

He added, all tasks un­der the eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion drive, not lim­ited to tree plant­ing, need to be car­ried out well with wide­spread pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion. Xin­hua

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