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Top leaders plant trees, urge forestry development

Updated: Apr 5,2016 7:28 PM     Xinhua

President Xi Jinping talks with students at the end of tree planting at an afforestation site in Beijing’s Daxing District on April 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping urged development of the country’s forestry while attending a voluntary tree planting in Beijing on April 5.

President 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.

Premier Li Keqiang plants trees with students at an afforestation site in Beijing’s Daxing District on April 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, plants trees with students at an afforestation site in Beijing’s Daxing District on April 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, plants trees with students at an afforestation site in Beijing’s Daxing District on April 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yunshan, secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, plants trees with students at an afforestation site in Beijing’s Daxing District on April 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

Wang Qishan, secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, plants trees with students at an afforestation site in Beijing’s Daxing District on April 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli plants trees with students at an afforestation site in Beijing’s Daxing District on April 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

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.

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 coordinated 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.

President 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, President 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.

China will also promote afforestation via multi-lateral cooperation mechanism, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, so as to cope with global challenges, such as climate change, and to contribute its due share to global ecological security, President Xi said.

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