|Chinese president stresses stability, social harmony in Tibet|
BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday stressed stability and social harmony in the Tibet Autonomous Region, joining a panel discussion with lawmakers at the ongoing session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature.
"The stability in Tibet concerns the stability of the country, and the safety in Tibet concerns the safety of the country," Hu told the Tibet delegation to the NPC.
He urged the Tibetan lawmakers to ensure the well being of Tibetans, improve their lives, improve work related to religions and ethnic groups, and maintain social harmony and stability in the region.
Lawmakers in Tibet should carry out the Scientific Outlook on Development and promote the sound and rapid economic development, Hu said.
Senior Chinese leaders including top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, and Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang also joined panel discussions on Thursday.
While joining a discussion in the Guizhou delegation, Wu Bangguo called on the people in Guizhou Province to promptly recover from the recent snow and ice storms and minimize losses.
The government of the underdeveloped southwestern province needs to put development on top of the agenda, Wu said.
"Gansu people have made great achievements," Wen said. Water totaling hundreds of millions cubic meters is sent from the Heihe River in Gansu to Juyanhai in Inner Mongolia every year, which creates a lake in the Juyanhai Oasis surrounded by deserts, the premier said.
After hearing from a deputy from Dingxi, Gansu, Wen said, "I am concerned with the potato business in Dingxi. Potato there, big in size and having few eyes, is fit for French fries. You must make good use of it."
Joining deliberations with the lawmakers from the delegation of eastern Zhejiang Province, Li Changchun underlined the importance of training high-caliber personnel to greatly boost the country's cultural development.
"We should create favorable environment in the society to encourage their enthusiasm, willingness and creativity to produce more cultural works of excellence," Li said.
Xi Jinping, who joined the delegation of northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, urged the local government to give prominence to building resource-conserving, environment-friendly society in the process of industrialization and modernization.
Meanwhile, he urged the local government to further improve the people's livelihood, promote unity among different ethnic groups and promote a common and prosperous development.
Joining lawmakers from Liaoning Province, Li Keqiang said that improving people's livelihood is crucial to building a harmonious society. The government should provide the public goods more effectively, so that all Chinese citizens can share the fruits of reform and development.
He Guoqiang, joining a panel discussion with legislators from Hunan Province, the worst-hit area of the snow havoc, stressed that the local government should learn from the disaster resisting and relief work, better the emergency response system and strengthen the ability to resist disasters.
Zhou Yongkang stressed stability while talking with NPC deputies from Heilongjiang Province. He said government officials at all levels should regard maintaining social security as the primary task.
He called for the stipulation and implementation of a responsibility system for security at the Olympic Games.