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Chinese leaders urge all-out efforts for quake relief, development, Olympics
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09:04, June 14, 2008

Chinese leaders urge all-out efforts for quake relief, development, Olympics
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Chinese leaders on Friday urged the nation to make all-out efforts in meeting the various tasks, including quake relief, post-quake reconstruction, economic and social development and preparation for the upcoming Olympics.

All the nine members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, provincial chiefs and heads of departments of central authorities attended a meeting Friday in Beijing as "quite a few new complicated elements emerge in the international and domestic situations" and work of the CPC and the state faces "quite a few new severe challenges."


Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, delivers an important speech at a meeting held in Beijing, June 13, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

President Hu Jintao made a speech on the current situation and raised overall requirements and tasks on quake relief, post-quake reconstruction, economic and social development and preparation for the Olympic Games.


Top legislator Wu Bangguo presides over the meeting in Beijing, June 13, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

Premier Wen Jiabao made a briefing on quake relief in the past period and current economic situation and made specific arrangements about providing one-on-one support to quake-hit areas and maintaining sound momentum of economic development.


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao makes a speech at the meeting held in Beijing, June 13, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

According to the meeting, the 8.0-magnitude quake that hit Sichuan Province on May 12 was the most destructive quake, a quake that affected the widest area and a quake that posed the most difficultly for quake relief since the New China was founded in 1949.

However, with concerted efforts from various sectors of society as well as international aid, major achievements have been made in quake relief as many people were saved, basic livelihood of the survivors' were cared for and social order remained stable in general.
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