Xi de­mands ef­forts to im­pro­ve disas­ter pre­ven­ti­on

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

BEIJING - Xi Jin­ping, ge­ne­ral se­cre­ta­ry of the Com­mu­nist Par­ty of Chi­na (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, on Wed­nes­day cal­l­ed for ef­forts to im­pro­ve the coun­try’s abi­li­ty to sa­fe­gu­ard against na­tu­ral disas­ters, and ful­ly launch the plan­ning and con­struc­ti­on of the Sichu­anTi­bet rail­way.

Xi, al­so Chi­ne­se pre­si­dent and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mi­li­ta­ry Com­mis­si­on, ma­de the re­marks at the third mee­ting of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee for Fi­nan­ci­al and Eco­no­mic Af­fairs. He is al­so head of the com­mit­tee. “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. Xi al­so high­ligh­ted the Sichu­anTi­bet rail­way, saying it was of pro­found sig­ni­fi­can­ce for the coun­try’s long-term sta­bi­li­ty and the de­vel­op­ment of Ti­bet. Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang, Wang Hu­ning, a mem­ber of the Se­cre­ta­ri­at of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, and Vi­ce Pre­mier Han Zheng at­ten­ded the mee­ting.

As one of the most disas­ter­pro­ne 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 earth­qua­ke­pro­ne 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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