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Chinese leaders join Beijingers for tree planting campaign

04-02-2011 21:56 BJT

BEIJING, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior Chinese officials joined Beijing residents in a tree planting event on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the country's volunteer tree planting campaign.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) plants a tree during a tree-planting event in Beijing,
capital of China, April 2, 2011. Chinese top state and Party leaders Hu Jintao, Wu
Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and
Zhou Yongkang joined Beijing residents in a tree planting event on Saturday to mark the
30th anniversary of the country's volunteer tree planting campaign. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, and other state and Party leaders Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang also took part in the event on the west bank of Beijing's Yongding River.

Hu called on the public to continue to plant more trees and take up afforestation activities.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R, front) waters a newly planted tree together with a
young student during a tree-planting event in Beijing, capital of China, April 2, 2011.
Chinese top state and Party leaders Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li
Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang joined Beijing
residents in a tree planting event on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the
country's volunteer tree planting campaign. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Hu also urged relevant departments to improve their efforts to build a "conservation culture" in China and to achieve sustainable economic and social development by relying on public aid, technological breakthroughs and government reforms.

Altogether 1.9 million people in Beijing took part in Saturday's tree planting campaign from different sites across the city.

According to a 1981 decision by the National People's Congress, China's top legislative body, Chinese citizens from ages 11 to 55 should plant three to five trees every year as a way to increase China's overall forest coverage.

Chinese volunteers have planted about 58.9 billion trees across the country over the past three decades, statistics from the State Forestry Administration show.


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