Special report: Reconstruction After Earthquake
TIANJIN, May 28 (Xinhua) -- China has made great
achievements in its quake relief work at the current stage, Chinese Vice
President Xi Jinping said here on Wednesday.
Addressing the 18th Asian Corporate Conference of
Asia Society, Xi said the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan Province on May 12
was the most powerful quake since the new China was established in 1949.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping
addresses the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Corporate Conference of
Asia Society in Tianjin, north china, May 28, 2008. (Xinhua/Yang
Chinese are united to battle the disaster headed by the strong and solid
guidance of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese government, he said.
Xi spoke highly of the valuable help extended by
foreign countries, international organizations and friends in quake relief
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R),
shakes hands with Vishakha N. Desai, president of Asia Society in Tianjin,
north china, May 28, 2008. Xi Jinping addressed the opening ceremony of
the 18th Asian Corporate Conference of Asia Society here on Wednesday.
the quake, several foreign rescue teams and medical professionals have been sent
to the quake-hit areas to search and rescue the people," Xi said, adding relief
materials and funds from the international community were continuously pouring
into quake-hit areas.
Xi said the Chinese people would surely overcome all
difficulties to win the victory in the quake relief work, and fulfil the solemn
promise of holding a characteristic, high-level Olympic Games and Paralympic
The conference, with the theme of "New era for global
business: Sustainable growth for China and the world," was held in Tianjin, a
northern port city neighboring Beijing.
Xi sent congratulations to the annual conference on
behalf of the Chinese government, saying the theme was in accordance with the
trend of economic globalization and the real situation of economic development
in Asia and China.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (8th
L) poses for a group photo together with guests attending the 18th Asian
Corporate Conference of Asia Society in Tianjin, north china, May 28,
2008. Xi Jinping addressed the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian
Corporate Conference of Asia Society here on Wednesday.(Xinhua/Yang
believe the conference will achieve fruitful results and provide valuable
experience for countries and regions in the world."
Xi also elaborated on China's progress on development
and sustainable development since the reform and opening-up policy implemented
China has paid great attention to the issues as
development and sustainable development, taking the path of peaceful development
and concentrating on the domestic construction, said Xi.
He said after thirty years' unremitting effort, the
aggregation of China's economy has mounted to the fourth place in the world and
China's economy has become an important part of the global economy.
"China's contribution to the growth of the world
economy and the international trade has exceeded 10 percent and 12 percent
respectively," said the vice president.
Xi said that China's development provides broad
market for the international capital. Foreign investment in China has amounted
to more than 780 billion U.S. dollars over the past thirty years. Meanwhile,
China's direct investment overseas also increased sharply.
He stressed that China will enhance the energy saving
and emission reduction work in accordance with the scientific concept of
China's energy consumption per capita GDP has dropped
3.27 percent while the chemical oxygen demand and the sulphur dioxide emissions
also declined for the first time, but the overall situation of the energy saving
and emission reduction work is still facing great challenges, said Xi.
Xi called on the whole society to stick to the
concept of conservation culture so as to establish the sustainable development
mechanism and speed up the recycling economy in a bid to promote the
construction of the energy saving and environment friendly society.
Before the opening ceremony, Xi met with the present
Asia Society, founded in 1956, is the leading global
organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among
the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United