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Netizens: President Hu, Premier Wen deserve Nobel Peace Prize 2008-05-21 10:34:09
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Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) greets President Hu Jintao upon Hu's arrival in Mianyang, a city in quake-hit southwestern Sichuan Province, May 16, 2008. President Hu flew to quake-hit southwestern Sichuan Province Friday morning to console the victims and inspect the rescue and relief work.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) greets President Hu Jintao upon Hu's arrival in Mianyang, a city in quake-hit southwestern Sichuan Province, May 16, 2008. President Hu flew to quake-hit southwestern Sichuan Province Friday morning to console the victims and inspect the rescue and relief work.  (Xinhua Photo)
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by Han Lin, Liu Jiawen

    BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Netizens around the world are deeply moved by the Chinese top leadership in the quake-fighting battles, saying President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao "both deserve the Nobel Peace Prize."

    The 8.0-magnitude quake, the most deadly in decades in China, striking Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province at 14:28 pm on May 12, has killed over 40,075 and affected many parts of the country.

    On the same day May 12 or, to be exact, little more than two hours of the quake, Premier Wen Jiabao took off from Beijing. By 19:10 pm, he was already at the quake area, directing the rescue effort from the ground. He spent 88 hours with the victims, rescuers and troops under the threat of aftershocks still trembling. 

    In the past 10 sad yet encouraging days, netizens have created websites, published posts or written blogs to join the battles. They have extolled the central government's quick response, good coordination and, most of all, its "human-life-above-all" policy.

    "From the top leadership where president Hu Jintao despite being in the middle of an aftershock encourages the rescuers to continue to try to save lives, to premier Wen Jiabao, who slipped and fell and refused medical treatment, and from the very beginning directed the rescue effort from the ground," a netizen from the United States wrote.

    The netizen, named as Sifu, added: "I am encouraged by the CHINESE leadership at ALL levels because they have a CAN do attitude for the people."

    Another netizen, called Jim Doyle from the United States, wrote on a post "like most Americans I feel great sorrow for the families who have lost loved ones in the Sichuan earthquake. The deaths of so many children is tragic.

    But China is so lucky to have leaders like Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. For the work they have done all around the world they both deserve the Nobel Peace Prize."

    A netizen "loving everyone" from Hongkong said: "I just watched a segment on CNN about the China earthquake. I was moved by the mobilization of the PLA (Chinese People's Liberation Army)and (Premier) Wen. No matter what our differences are politically, the world sends its love to the Chinese people and our prayers."

    A netizen, named as Ho Sai Yuen from Canada, said: "The Premier's true sense of dedication is not only commendable but should be recorded in the annals of history."

    Another netizen, called mengzhi from Australia, said: "The way and speed with which the Chinese leadership has responded to the catastrophe in rapid mobilization of men and material is world class."

    Mengzhi continued, "the unified dedication and unstinting mutual help between the survivors, the rescue workers and the army is a lesson in unity and co-ordination. The Chinese people are impressed, and so is the world at large. Well done China. We salute you and will continue to pray for you. Jiayou (cheer up)."


President Hu orders rescuers to reach every quake-hit village by "every available means"

    SHIFANG, Sichuan, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday asked rescuers to use "every available means" to reach every village affected by the May 12 earthquake in southwest China.

    "We must try every method to send rescuers to every quake-hit village, instead of just working in towns and cities, since a large number of soldiers have entered the quake-hit regions," said Hu, while visiting Yinghua township of Shifang city, Sichuan Province. Full story

President Hu renews call to save lives in remote villages

    CHENGDU, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday urged rescue teams to reach remote villages that were battered by the strong earthquake in the southwestern Sichuan Province as soon as possible.

    Touring Wenchuan County, epicenter of Monday's 7.8-magnitude quake, Hu arrived at Xuankou, one of the three most severely damaged towns in the county, on Saturday morning.Full story

Wen says China quake deaths "minimized" by quick response

    CHENGDU, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao said early on Friday that China has reduced the death toll from Monday's earthquake to the greatest extent possible with speedy relief efforts, and saving lives remained the top priority almost four days after the quake.

    "It is still within the critical period for saving lives, and we won't give up if there is even the slightest hope of finding more survivors," he said in an interview with Chinese media on a train. Full story 

Premier oversees quake rescue in SW China's Beichuan 

    BEICHUAN, Sichuan, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived on Wednesday at Beichuan County, one of the regions worst hit by Monday's massive earthquake, to oversee the rescue work.

    The death toll is estimated at 3,000 to 5,000, with nearly 10,000 injured, in Beichuan, which neighbors the epicenter of the massive quake.Full story

Premier Wen calls for nationwide efforts in rescue, relief

    CHENGDU, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Rescue operation and disaster relief for victims in the worst earthquake over decades are of top priority of the nation, and thus require concerted efforts from the whole country, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Thursday night. Full story