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Senior Chinese leader praises Paralympic athletes

(Xinhua)

09:00, September 13, 2012

Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meets with Chinese Paralympic athletes who competed in the 2012 London Paralympics, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 12, 2012. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- A senior leader on Wednesday called on the country's citizens to learn from the "unyielding spirit" displayed by Chinese athletes who competed in the 2012 London Paralympics.

Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks during a meeting with the athletes' delegation.

Li described the Paralympics as "a stage for the handicapped to display their strong will," adding that Chinese athletes set multiple records at this year's games.

"The spirit of the disabled delegation will inspire all Chinese people to overcome difficulties," he said.

Li said the delegation exhibited both self-respect and self-reliance, adding that the athletes should carry their spirit forward and continue to achieve progress in order to promote athleticism among the disabled population.

"All levels of government and society should strive to improve the lives of the disabled and foster healthy social conduct," Li said.

China won 95 gold, 71 silver and 65 bronze medals at the London Paralympics.

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