Xi and other top leaders, including Premier Li Keqiang as well as Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli, visited the project in a riverside afforestation site in Beijing’s Fengtai District.The president carefully packed soil around the newly planted trees, mulched and watered the trees with officials from the Beijing municipal government and the State Forestry Administration as well as representatives of young pioneers.
President Xi Jinping called for vigorous efforts to protect the country’s forests and deepen the voluntary tree planting campaign as it will create a better ecological environment for the nation to realize “the Chinese dream.”
Leading officials from the forestry administration also briefed Xi about afforestation efforts across the country.
President Xi Jinping expressed his appreciation for the achievements of the last 30 years but also warned that the mission of afforestation in China is arduous since the country’s forest resources are still scarce and its ecological system remains vulnerable.
Forests are the mainstay and an important resource for the terrestrial ecosystem, and they are also an important environmental safeguard for the survival and development for mankind, Xi said. “It is hard to imagine how the Earth and human beings would look without forests.” He further called on the entire society to enhance awareness of ecological and environmental protection.
When planting trees with the young pioneers, Xi talked with the children about their lives and study.
He told the young pioneers to protect forests and the environment, as well as to foster a frugal lifestyle. Moreover, he reminded the children to do more physical exercises.
“Families, schools and society should create good conditions for the healthy growth of kids, just like it is with these trees,” according to Xi.
Xi Jinping, born in June 1953, is a male ethnic Han from Fuping, Shaanxi Province. He entered the workforce in January 1969 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in January 1974. He graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University with a major in Marxist theory and ideological and political education, has an in-service postgraduate education and holds the degree of Doctor of Laws.
He is currently general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission.
By. Kim Long
New York News