Jiang Zemin Stresses National Unity, Progress
President Jiang Zemin has stressed the need for the Chinese people of all 56 nationalities to link their hearts and fates together, ceaselessly consolidate their relationship of equality, unity and mutual assistance, and promote common development and prosperity.
Jiang, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during his recent trip to Yunnan, where the '99 International Horticultural Exposition opened in the provincial capital city of Kunming May 1.
Apart from attending the opening ceremony of the horticultural gala, Jiang made an inspection tour from April 28 to May 3 of this southwestern province, home to people of 25 ethnic minorities.
During his trip, Jiang visited some villages of minority people in Kunming and Lijiang, an old town which was devastated by an earthquake in 1996.
In his talks with the quake victims in Lijiang, Jiang expressed his deep concern for their lives since the natural disaster. He expressed satisfaction when he learned of the efforts, including over 2,000 projects, made by the local government to help the quake victims rebuild their homes.
The president spoke highly of the great achievements the local people had made since November 1989, when he previously paid a visit to the province.
The top military commander also visited several army barracks and told the soldiers to keep their duty in mind, maintain the stability and centralization of the armed forces, and take substantial action to contribute more to the economic buildup and defense work.
Yunnan is a province with a very long border line with neighboring countries, and is of great strategic importance, Jiang stressed.
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