BEIJING, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao Friday went to Beichuan County of Mianyang City to visit people affected by the southwest China earthquake, encouraging them to be confident in overcoming hardships caused by the disaster. Hu first visited quake victims in Shengli Village, Leigu Town of Beichuan. More than 1,000 out of the 18,000 population in Leigu Town died or were missing in the quake. Chinese President Hu Jintao comforts a wounded woman in Mianyang, a city in quake-hit southwestern Sichuan Province, May 16, 2008.He encouraged them to be confident in overcoming hardships caused by the disaster.Hu went into a tent to talk to one family. Seeing the man's daughter was injured in the quake, Hu said, "We know you've suffered. The quake destroyed your house and injured members of your family. We feel your anguish. "The whole Party, army and all the people have been mobilized to support the quake relief work," he said. Hu went out the tent and said to people standing along the road, "We will make every effort to rescue stranded people, treat the injured and make proper arrangements for the victims, as well as helping you to rebuild your homes." Chinese President Hu Jintao consoles locals in a village in Beichuan county, May 16, 2008. He encouraged them to be confident in overcoming hardships caused by the disaster. He encouraged the victims to be strong, overcome difficulty with confidence, courage and strength. He then went to the Beichuan Middle School, where all the teaching buildings collapsed in the quake. Knowing there were still 300 teachers and students buried in the ruins, Hu said, "Saving lives is still an urgent task. We should rescue them by every possible means as long as there is a glimmer of hope." Hu also praised the troops conducting rescue work in Beichuan Middle School. Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beichuan county entrusts military medical personnels to take better care of a three-year-old girl who lost her mother in the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, May 16, 2008."You came to the frontline immediately, and threw yourself into the rescue work regardless of your own safety and made a great contribution. "You have given hope, confidence and strength to the quake-affected people," he said. Hu said the rescue work has entered a crucial stage. "You should be unafraid of fatigue and work around the clock, making great efforts to keep losses to a minimum." Chinese President Hu Jintao consoles locals in a village in Beichuan county, May 16, 2008. In a field clinic in the middle school, he kissed the face of Luo Mengxi, a three-and-half year old girl who lost her mother in the quake. He went back to Beichuan county seat and visited the Nanhe Sports Center, where more than 10,000 disaster-affected people were settled. He thanked the volunteers for their contribution to the rescue work. He also visited the Mianyang City Central Hospital, telling the medics to make every effort to treat the injured. Chinese President Hu Jintao consoles locals in a village in Beichuan county, May 16, 2008. He encouraged them to be confident in overcoming hardships caused by the disaster.Hu went to the quake-hit areas Friday to console quake-affected people and direct disaster relief operation. Hu arrived at Mianyang City at Friday noon after more than two hours of flight from Beijing. In the meeting room of the airport, he and Premier Wen Jiabao, who had been directing relief work in the disaster-hit areas since Monday, discussed the quake-relief work. The meeting said "rescuers must reach not only towns but also all villages." The survivors who had been rescued must be transferred to safer places in time, and children who lost their parents and elders who lost their family members in the quake must be properly cared for. Also Friday morning, Premier Wen Jiabao told Chinese media on a train in Sichuan that saving lives remained the top priority almost four days after the quake. "We won't give up if there is even the slightest hope of finding more survivors," he said. The death toll from the powerful earthquake rose to 22,069 nationwide as of 2 p.m. Friday, while 168,669 people were injured, according to the emergency response office of the State Council.
BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The 28-year-old policewoman Jiang Min has become a national model for her devotion to quake victims while her own mother and two-year-old daughter died in the devastating May 12 earthquake. Jiang was received by Zhou Yongkang, secretary of the Central Committee for Political and Legislative Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC), at Zhongnanhai, the leadership compound in downtown Beijing, on Saturday afternoon. Zhou Yongkang, secretary of the Central Committee for Political and Legislative Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC), shakes hands with the 28-year-old policewoman Jiang Min at Zhongnanhai, the leadership compound in downtown Beijing, May 31, 2008. Jiang Min has become a national model for her devotion to quake victims while her own mother and two-year-old daughter died in the devastating May 12 earthquake. (Xinhua Photo) Many police officers risked their own lives to save others and help suffering victims after the major quake, said Zhou, also a member of the Standing Committee of CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, "You are one of them. You have been on the frontline to assist quake victims when bearing great pains of losing the beloved. All of us should learn from you." A day after the quake, Jiang learnt that ten members of her family living in Beichuan county, one of the worst-hit areas, passed away including her only daughter. She was working as a police officer in the neighboring city Pengzhou. "I felt that the sky was falling. I can't believe that. I had just talked with my baby girl on phone a day ago," she once recalled the dark moment in an interview. But Jiang did not leave her post as more and more displaced people came to Pengzhou from quake-hit areas and the police had to help them settle down. In the week following the earthquake, she had worked at temporary shelter camps and barely slept until she fainted on the spot and was sent to hospital. Jiang has showed the best of Chinese police officers, Zhou said. He hoped that local police officers and those from other parts of China to assist quake relief would stick to such a noble spirit to work together and well serve their duty in a bid to help create a stable society in the quake-affected areas. Jiang said she would not fail the Party and people's expectation and work harder in her own post.
BEIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Communist Party of China (CPC) chief Hu Jintao has urged Party members to learn the theory on socialism with Chinese characteristics more conscientiously. Hu, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, made the remark at a seminar which was participated in Sunday afternoon by members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. Prof. Yan Shuhan from the Party School of the CPC Central Committee and prof. Qin Xuan from the Renmin University of China delivered speeches at the seminar and put forward their views on applying the theory into practice. Presiding over the seminar, Hu said the theory on socialism with Chinese characteristics is a fundamental guideline of the Party and government for social and economic construction. Party members should understand the basic principles of the theory and use them in their practical work, he added. Hu asked Party organs at all levels to make the theory accessible and understood by every Party member and draw long-term plans to promote and develop the theory.
BEIJING, August 1 (Xinhua) -- A senior Party official has called for constantly strengthening the entire capacity and competitiveness of China's film and television industry, so as to push the country's film and TV products to the world. Great efforts must be made to innovate the sector, regarding both content and the form of film and TV works, the structure and mechanism of the industry, and the means of spreading film and TV works, said Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau. Li Changchun (C), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits the newly completed China Film Group Digital Film Production Base in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 1, 2008. Li made the remarks on Friday during a visit to the newly-built national digital studio. He was accompanied by Politburo members Liu Yunshan and Liu Yandong during his stay at the National Digital Studio of the China Film Group Company. During his visit, Li visited a 5,000-square-meter sound stage and watched presentations on the making of digital films. Li Changchun (2nd L), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits the newly completed China Film Group Digital Film Production Base in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 1, 2008. In talks with some staff he spoke highly of the modern studio, calling its completion a result of the country's cultural restructuring and an important symbol for the development of the cultural sector. "It proves the Party Central Committee's decision on the cultural restructuring is completely correct," he stressed. Li urged Chinese film and TV makers to produce more film and TV works for both domestic and international markets, noting homemade products should take a larger share of the domestic market and be more competitive on the international market. He called for educating more talented professionals for China's film and TV industry. People of all circles should show their care and support to the development of the sector, he said. According to company sources, it took 2.5 years to build the digital studio. It is composed of different workshops for making films and TV programs, recording, digital processing, film printing and making flash and cartoon films.
BEIJING, April 25 -- The key mainland stock index yesterday soared 9.29 percent, the biggest one-day jump in six years, as investor sentiment was boosted by the government lowering of stamp duty. The slashing of trading tax from 0.3 percent to 0.1 percent, effective yesterday, was widely seen as another government effort to lift the stock market from the doldrums it has been in for six months. It followed the introduction of trading rules last Sunday to mitigate the impact of an expected flood of previously non-tradable shares after the lock-in period, which could greatly depress the market. Investors look over information at a stock exchange at a stock trading hall in Beijing, April 24, 2008. Equities trading tax cut, which is widely believed as policy boost by government to stem the recent slump, sends Chinese shares 9.29 percent higher on Thursday, the biggest gain since Oct 23, 2001 The Shanghai Composite Index yesterday surged 304.7 points to close at 3583.03. In yesterday's trading, gainers outnumbered losers by 853 to 1. The Shenzhen Component index jumped 9.59 percent, or 1130.61 points to close at 12914.76. Total market capitalization swelled 9.2 percent to 22.94 trillion yuan (.3 trillion). Turnover on the two bourses more than doubled from the day before to 261 billion yuan ( billion), the highest this year. Analysts said the reduction in the stamp duty and restrictions on the sale of unlocked shares showed that the market has fallen as low as the government would like to see. "The timing of the stamp duty cut suggests that the 3000 point may be a psychological bottom line for policymakers," said Peng Cheng, an economist at Citi China. "The government had been patient in waiting until the market correction was more than 50 percent before taking action," Peng added. Xu Wei, an analyst at Sinolink Securities, estimated that the cut in stamp duty saves investors up to 102 billion yuan (.7 billion) a year. In addition, "the relatively lower A-share valuation and the more stable performance of overseas stock markets have combined to help investors regain confidence," said Rui Kun, a fund manager at China international Fund Management Co Ltd. Security companies, especially those focusing on brokerage services, will benefit from the increasingly active trading because of the stamp tax cut, analysts said. Shanghai-based Haitong Securities, Sinolink Securities and Guoyuan Securities soared to the daily limit of 10 percent. However, some market insiders said that weak fundamentals and unfavorable China economic growth data are likely to outweigh the positive impact of the government move, and the rebound may not last long. "It is doubtful that such administrative measures can have a sustained effect on shares when earnings face significant challenges in the periods ahead," said Peng at Citi China. "The cumulative effect of tightening policies and rising input costs, along with shrinking demand, could cut profits more deeply than what is currently evident," Peng added.
TAIYUAN, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers on Thursday had finished searching more than half the mud-covered areas in north China after a mud-rock slide left 128 people dead. Shanxi Provincial Government Secretary-General Wang Qingxian said about 60 percent of the area had been combed. Altogether 2,000-plus rescuers, with the aid of more than 110 excavators, were searching for survivors. He said Internet claims that hundreds of people were missing was mere speculation. "The specific figure of the people missing in the disaster has not been established yet," said Wang at a news conference. "We are still evaluating the situation." He promised timely and transparent updated casualty numbers, adding 36 people had suffered injuries. If the weather conditions allowed, searchers would finish looking for survivors in three to five days, he said. Relatives of the dead will get 200,000 yuan (29,215 U.S. dollars) each as compensation, according to the provincial government. The State Council, China's Cabinet, has set up an accident investigation team, including officials from the State Administration of Work Safety, Shanxi provincial government, Supervision Ministry, Land and Resources Ministry and All China Federation of Trade Unions. Wang Jun, the State Administration of Work Safety director, was heading the team. The government has begun examinations to more than 700 tailing ponds in the province to avoid similar accidents from happening again. There was no epidemic at the area and the injured were receiving treatment, said Gao Guoshun, the provincial health department head, at the news conference. The water there was not polluted after examination, Gao added. The disaster happened when the bank of a pond holding waste oredregs of an unlicensed mine burst. Some reports said hundreds were feared to have been buried underneath the mud, but the local government had released no figures concerning the number of missing. Wang Qingxian said the mine was purchased and transferred to a man named Zhang Peiliang when the local government auctioned it off in 2005. But Zhang did not apply for new licenses after its safety production license was suspended in 2006 and the mining license expired in 2007. "It was an accident of grave responsibility after initial analysis," said Wang Dianxue, the State Administration of Work Safety deputy head and also the investigation team deputy head. The accident occurred around 8 a.m. on Monday in a pond holding waste ore dregs of the Tashan Mine in Xiangfen County, Linfen City, which was soaked by torrential rain. In total, an area of 30.2 hectares was covered by the mud. The mud-rock flow damaged buildings, trade markets and some residences lying downstream.
BUCHAREST, May 6 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin said here Monday that China and Romania share the same task of opening up a new era in their all-round partnership of friendship and cooperation. Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political consultative body, delivered a speech at a session of the Romanian Senate on Monday evening. In his speech, Jia explained China's policy and concept of peaceful development and mutually beneficial, win-win cooperation with other countries. He emphasized the willingness to further deepen friendship between China and Romania and advance China's relations with Central and Eastern Europe in an all-round way. Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, delivers a speech at the Romanian Senate in Bucharest, Romania, May 5, 2008. Jia was warmly welcomed by Romanian Senators as he entered the meeting hall at the Parliament Palace under the escort of President Nicolae Vacaroiu. China and Romania enjoy a long-standing friendship. Romania is one of the first countries that recognized new China shortly after its founding. Since the two countries established diplomatic relations nearly 60 years ago, bilateral relations have been growing smoothly despite major changes in international situation and conditions in both countries. The two countries have been always supporting each other on international affairs and domestic development. Over the past few years, China and Romania have maintained frequent exchange of visits by high-ranking officials. Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Romania in 2004, when the two countries lift their relations to an all-round partnership of friendship and cooperation. "The true friendship and deep passion that the Romanian people cherish toward the Chinese people will always remain on the historical record of bilateral relations," Jia said in the speech. In the speech entitled "continuing the past, opening up the future and jointly creating a better tomorrow of friendship and cooperation", Jia said the two peoples have become friends of all weathers and that China-Romania relations have become an example of international relations. Jia put forward four proposals on further advancing bilateral links. First, the two countries should enhance political trust. They should continue to respect and treat each other as equals, never interfere in each other's internal affairs and pay attention to each other's concern. They should maintain high-level contact and carry out even closer exchanges and cooperation between their governments, legislatures and political parties so as to lay a solid political foundation for sustained development of bilateral links. Secondly, the two countries should expand trade and economic cooperation. They should expand trade and investment according to the principle of mutual complementarity, equality and mutual benefits. They should continue to give a full play to the role of their joint economic commission, encourage and support their companies to increase contact and explore new ways and methods of cooperation. Thirdly, the two countries should deepen cultural and humanitarian exchanges. They should continue exchanges and cooperation in such fields as culture, science, technology, education, sports, public health and tourism so as to add new content to bilateral links. They should further expand people-to-people exchanges, exchanges among local authorities and young people so as to consolidate the foundation of China-Romania friendship and add vigor to the development of bilateral links. Fourthly, the two countries should step up coordination and cooperation on international issues. They should join effort to build a fair, unbiased and rule-based multi-lateral system with the United Nations assuming the core role. Jia said China-Romania friendship is deep-rooted and fruitful and will enjoy an even better future. He called for the people of the two countries to join hands in strengthening their traditional friendship and all-round cooperation. Jia arrived in Bucharest Sunday for a four-day official goodwill visit to Romania. Romania is the first leg of his four-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan announced Tuesday that positive results had been achieved at a one-day China-U.S. trade meeting here, saying China stands ready to work with the U.S. to further expand bilateral economic and trade ties. "China-U.S. economic relation is not only important for our two countries, but important for the whole world," Wang said at the end of the 19th session of the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which was held at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in a Los Angeles suburb. As the world's biggest developing and developed countries respectively, China and the United States enjoy ever closer economic ties and ever solider foundation of bilateral cooperation, said the vice premier.Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan (R) meets with US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez during the 19th session of the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in a Los Angeles suburb, on Sep. 16, 2008. Senior officials of China and the United States gathered here on Tuesday to discuss various business and trade issues in order to seek ways to facilitate bilateral economic relations between the two countries.The Chinese government has always been attaching great importance to consolidating and developing China-U.S. economic relations, and we have done a great deal of work in terms of promoting trade balance and strengthening intellectual property protection," said Wang. The Chinese vice premier co-chaired the one-day meeting with U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab. Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafer also attended the meeting. Wang said the meeting has secured mutually beneficial win-win results, and would go a long way to promote bilateral cooperation and create a good atmosphere for the next China-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), which will be held later this year. Like SED, the JCTT is a major cooperation mechanism between the two countries to resolve problems and disputes regarding investment and trade issues through dialogue and discussion, according to Wang. Echoing Wang's remarks, Gutierrez described Tuesday's meeting as "a very robust session with very robust outcomes." He said the U.S.-China economic relationship has been the fastest growing one that his country has ever seen. "The U.S. is today China's No.1 export market, and China the U.S.' No. 3 export market. The relation is growing so fast, so quickly, probably unique in history. And we manage this," said Gutierrez. He mentioned that the two-way trade volume between the two countries had grown to 380 billion dollars last year from only 4 billion dollars when the JCCT mechanism was initially established in 1983. During Tuesday's talks, the two sides reached consensus on a wide range of issues, including intellectual property protection, medical equipment acquisition and information security, officials said. Ahead of this, five bilateral agreements were signed by senior officials from the two sides in areas like agricultural cooperation, food safety, trade statistics and rural information and communications technology development. The Chinese side also announced to lift bird flu-related ban on poultry products from seven U.S. states including New York, and conditionally resume imports of American beef, while the U.S. side expressed its stance against trade protectionism and promised to push for the lifting of trade barriers against some Chinese products like see food, fruit and woodcraft. Tuesday's meeting marked the 25th anniversary of the China-U.S. JCCT commission, a high-level government-to-government dialogue seeking to open market opportunities and resolve trade disputes between the two countries. Wang was leading a big delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of Commerce, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture and other ministries for the event.
BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese diplomat on Thursday urged developed and developing countries to work on common policies and cooperation to address the global challenges such as climate change and food security. "China values dialogue between the Group of Eight (G8) and developing countries", Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi said at a briefing on President Hu Jintao's attendance at the Outreach Session of the G8 Summit. At the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Hu will attend the Outreach Session of the G8 Summit in Japan from July 7 to 9. The G8, comprising the United States, Britain, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and Russia, holds a summit each year. Liu said the issues to be discussed would be "important" and "urgent", and he hoped the meeting would promote the dialogue between South and North, step up multilateral cooperation to resolve global issues and ensure lasting peace and common prosperity. A briefing on President Hu Jintao's attendance at the Outreach Session of the G8 Summit is held in Beijing, July 3, 2008 Liu said China had been cementing dialogue and exchanges with the G8, citing the fact that Hu had participated in the past four dialogues among leaders of the G8 countries and developing countries. China was involved in the ministerial meetings between G8 and developing countries focusing on finance, environment, development, science and technology, and energy, Liu added. Hu would participate in a joint meeting with leaders from India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico, attend in a summit of G8 countries and five developing countries, and take part in a meeting of leaders from the major economic powers to discuss energy security and climate change. "President Hu will also attend a working lunch to discuss issues of common concern such as the world economic situation, food security and development", Liu said.
ROME, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Food security in China is guaranteed despite the recent major earthquake and heavy snowfalls earlier this year, China's Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai said in an interview with Xinhua. "The earthquake will not change the nation-wide situation of agricultural production this year since local output of the affected area is quite small compared to that of the whole country," Sun said, who was attending a world summit here on soaring food prices, hosted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). An 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern China in May, with its epicenter in Wenchuan County, a mountainous area of Sichuan province, with the death toll currently at over 70,000 people and causing massive economic loss. Sun acknowledged local agricultural production was in no way immune from damage. A farmer harvests wheat in the Hailing District of Taizhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, June 3, 2008. The harvest season for nearly 19,000 hectares of wheat in Taizhou started on June 3. "The damage was mainly to planted crops and livestock," he said, adding an urgent harvesting and planting effort has helped minimize the impact and which had no national implications. The devastating earthquake struck following severe snow and ice storms that swept southern China early this year, giving rise to concerns about food shortages in the world's most populous country. However, Sun said food security remains guaranteed because of sufficient stockpiles and a big harvest ahead. "This year, China's agriculture has prevailed over disasters of snow and ice storms and the extremely severe earthquake, and our summer grains and oilseeds are set to harvest good crops," he said. Since 2004, food production in China has increased for four consecutive years and the total grain output exceeded 500 million tons last year. Sun said China's grain reserves are currently abundant and there is enough supply of major farm products to offset the effects of the two natural disasters. If there are no more major disasters, China is expected to have a big summer harvest this year, with grain output set to rise for the fifth consecutive year. Even in southern China, oilseeds, which had been feared to drop due to the snowfalls, would reverse the declining trend in the previous three years. Sun said as a huge, developing country with 1.3 billion people, China has always paid great attention to food and agricultural development. The Chinese government will continue to adhere to the food security policy of basic self-sufficiency, complemented by imports and exports to readjust surplus and shortfalls, he said.