Despite a busy schedule, Xi still tries to find time to interact with children.
He has extended greetings to children nationwide every International Children‘s Day since he became
president in 2013, showing his care for their growth and his hope for them to carry on endeavors to realize the nation’s dreams.
International Children’s Day falls on June 1 every year.
In May 2013, while inspecting a school devastated by an earthquake in Sichuan province, Xi t
old students to turn their trauma into a source of strength, urging them to be strong, brave and united.
When visiting a primary school in Beijing’s Haidian district in 2014, Xi spoke of the
need to guide children to set high goals and create conditions for them to grow into adulthood.
On June 1, 2015, when speaking to members of the Young Pioneers of China in Bei
jing, Xi called on all Chinese children to learn to be people of integrity, knowledge and responsibility from an early age.
fever outbreaks, affecting all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the mainland, since the country’s first reported outb
reak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
This resulted in more than 1 million pigs being slaughtered to prevent and control the disease, which is deadly to pigs but does no
t affect people. The ministry has called for intensified research and development to expedite the availability of v
accines for disease prevention and control, but admitted difficulties due to the complex nature of the virus.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, with an a
nnual production of 700 million pigs. Pork accounts for 62 percent of meat con
sumption in China, and sustained outbreaks of African swine fever will cause devastating consequences to the pi
g industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said.
nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.
“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi
ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.
As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.
To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched
a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav
ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t
hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.
Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into
the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.