Chinese President Hu Jintao
and other top leaders planted trees in Beijing Olympic Forest Park
on Saturday, joining nearly 2 million people in the city to mark
the nation's 25-year-old voluntary tree-planting tradition.
Other senior leaders joining Saturday's tree-planting activities
Changchun, and Luo Gan
-- six members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of
the Communist Party of China Central Committee.
Hu planted trees together with a group of Beijing's science
personnel, representatives of "model workers" and "model teachers",
and officials from the capital's forestry bureau.
Senior government officials and Communist Party cadres have
taken part in voluntary tree-planting activities for many years to
enhance public awareness of environmental protection.
Hu asked governments at various levels across the country to
address issues of balancing environment protection and new
construction, trying the best to give Chinese people a sound living
and working environment.
Hu said he expected Beijing to seize the opportunity of holding
a "green Olympics" to improve the capital's environment.
Agreeing with Hu, Zeng Qinghong said people in Beijing should
feel an urgent responsibility of improving the environment of the
capital. "Good vegetation can best interpret 'green Olympics'," he
(Xinhua News Agency April 2, 2006)