Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Monday, March 10, 2003
Hu Stresses Harmony among People, Resources, Environment
Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC), said here Sunday that all government departments should have a sense of responsibility for improving people's lives, protecting resources and improving the ecological environment.
Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC), said Sunday that all government departments should have a sense of responsibility for improving people's lives, protecting resources and improving the ecological environment.
Hu, also China's vice-president, made a keynote speech at seminar on population, resources and environment, which was attended by Premier Zhu Rongji, other senior Chinese leaders, and officials from central departments and local governments who are responsible for population, resources and the environment.
Hu pointed out that the third generation of the CPC leadership, with Jiang Zemin at its core, had adopted a series of key policies to develop the economy with harmony among the population, resources and environment, which had made remarkable achievements.
Hu noted that the 16th CPC National Congress last November regarded harmony among the population, resources, and environment as fundamental to realizing a "xiaokang" (relatively affluent) society in an all round way.
"We should clearly see that our country is a developing country with nearly 1.3 billion people and will remain in the primary stage of socialism for a long time, and it is a long and hard task to solve problems concerning the population, resources and environment," noted Hu.
He said the main task in population and family planning was to maintain the low birth rate, to have healthier babies and a balanced sex ratio, and deal with problems that arise from aging, migration and employment.
The key aim in land and resources was to insist on development and protection, and to bring about greatest economic, social and environmental benefits from the use of resources.
He noted that environmental protection should create a good living and production environment, with efforts focused on improving sanitation and preventing health hazards.
Hu stressed that work concerning population, resources and environment must accord with natural and social development rules.
Premier Zhu Rongji also gave a speech at the seminar, stressing the basic principles of family planning, environment and resources protection must be implemented, to push forward the harmonious development of society, the economy, population, resources and the environment.