Chinese President Hu Jintao has called on the Party and governments
at all levels to help handicapped people around the country, as
part of the efforts to build a society that is more caring and full
The Chinese leader said it is a basic requirement of China's
socialist system to care for the disabled and guarantee them the
interests and rights and dignity due every citizen as well as equal
social status and opportunities, so as to enable them share the
fruit of material and cultural progress of society with able-bodied
the preface to a book on renowned handicapped people and stories on
aid for the handicapped, Hu, also general secretary of Central
Committee of the Communist Party of China, called on the Party and
governments at all levels to support undertakings designed to help
The Party and governments should, according to the special needs of
the disabled, formulate policies and take measures for
rehabilitation, education, employment, welfare, social security,
cultural life and a no-barrier environment, Hu wrote.
said that all walks of society should continue to carry forward the
humanitarian spirit and the fine traditions of understanding,
respecting, caring for and helping the disabled in a order to
cultivate human relations of equality, love and mutual help and
The words written by Hu were read Sunday afternoon in Beijing at a
national meeting citing 122 handicapped people for their
self-reliance and a number of people and units for their assistance
to the handicapped population.
Chinese Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu and leading officials of
government departments at central and provincial levels attended
Addressing the meeting, Guo Jianmo, president of the Executive
Council of the China Disabled Persons' Federation, said China has
set up over 50,000 liaison centers for volunteers devoted to
helping handicapped people and the number of registered volunteers
has exceeded 1.69 million.
Guo said disabled people in China are enjoying equal rights with
other people in political life.
Currently, over 1,500 of them are working either as deputies to the
People's Congresses or as members of the committees of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference at the county level or
above, Guo said.
Over the past decades, China has established an effective mechanism
for assisting handicapped people, including registering volunteers
and setting-up of facilities to assist the handicapped.
Meanwhile, he said, an increasing number of handicapped people who
have become well-off are trying to help other handicapped people
who are poverty-stricken or suffering from financial
(Xinhua News Agency September 8, 2003)