Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged local officials to make
greater efforts to fight against desertification and improve the
living conditions of impoverished people in drought areas.
Hu made the appeals during his inspection tour to Ningxia, a sandy
and drought autonomous region in northwest China, from Wednesday to
"We should strengthen our efforts on desertification prevention and
control by relying on the power of the public and advanced
technology," Hu said.
Hu asked local officials to make continuous efforts by sticking
with environmental improvement goals and contribute to the
construction of a "green wall" in the country's western
He visited families and village clinics in Xihaigu, a storied
poverty-stricken area, urging officials to try their best to
accelerate the development of the area and improve the livelihood
of the people.
China has 174 million hectares of sandy areas that mostly locate in
northern and western regions. These areas affect the lives of 400
million people and cause losses of 50 billion yuan (about US$6.5
billion) a year.
(Xinhua News Agency April 16, 2007)