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Chinese top leadership pays silent tribute to earthquake victims


08:05, April 24, 2013

BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhua) -- China's top leadership Tuesday paid a silent tribute for victims in the strong earthquake that jolted southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday.

Seven members of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau met here Tuesday afternoon to discuss the rescue and relief work in the quake-hit areas.

The Chinese government will continue searching for survivors and try its best to help the injured, said the statement issued after the meeting, presided over by President Xi Jinping.

"Life is most valuable. We will mobilize rescuers to search door to door and make sure no corner is left," the statement said.

The statement pledged that the country will try its best to save injured people and provide them with immediate medical treatment.

Those in serious condition will be transferred to hospitals with better facilities, it said.

"We will by all means avoid death caused by injuries and reduce the number of people disabled by injuries," the statement said.

It stressed that earthquake relief is at a critical moment and should be considered a top priority.

The government will take up more effective measures and minimize the loss, it said.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake has left 193 dead, 25 missing and 12,211 injured as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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