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Senior Chinese official oversees reconstruction in quake-affected zones
2008/07/11

Jia Qinglin (2nd R, front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), visits the Tianshui Pneumatic Machinery Co., Ltd in northwest China's Gansu Province, July 8, 2008. Jia made an inpsection tour to northwest China's Shaanxi Province and Gansu Province from July 6 to 10.

Jia Qinglin (2nd R, front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), visits the Tianshui Pneumatic Machinery Co., Ltd in northwest China's Gansu Province, July 8, 2008. Jia made an inpsection tour to northwest China's Shaanxi Province and Gansu Province from July 6 to 10.(Xinhua Photo)

    LANZHOU, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Local governments should promote the spirit of quake relief to carry out reconstruction work and economic and social development, said a senior Chinese official.

    Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said this during his inspection tour to quake-affected Shaanxi and Gansu provinces from Sunday to Thursday that there have been heavy tasks for local governments in terms of relocating quake survivors and rebuilding damaged or destroyed facilities.

Jia Qinglin (2nd L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), receives Tibetan scroll painting Tangka and Hada, a long piece of silk used as a traditional greeting gift, offered by a living Buddha of the Labrang Lamasery during his visit to the Lamasery in Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Gansu Province, July 9, 2008.

Jia Qinglin (2nd L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), receives Tibetan scroll painting Tangka and Hada, a long piece of silk used as a traditional greeting gift, offered by a living Buddha of the Labrang Lamasery during his visit to the Lamasery in Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Gansu Province, July 9, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

    He went into tents to ask local people about quake relief supplies and their living conditions, praised soldiers and workers on rebuilding sites, and encouraged students to keep up their studies in temporary classrooms.

    He told officials to ensure food, water, clothes and bedding continue to get to survivors, focus on solving housing problems and make scientific plans for reconstruction.

    Jia, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, also visited several high-tech enterprises in Gansu.

    "Although we have gone through the most severe challenge, the country's economy continues to develop in a steady, relatively fast way in general," he said, adding: "We should transfer the spirit of quake relief into the driving force of economic development."

    He also stressed maintaining social stability in Tibetan-inhabited regions.

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