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Chinese Communist elite foresee challenges ahead
Xinhua ^ | 10/19;/07 | Cheng Yunjie

Posted on 10/20/2007 12:53:06 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Chinese Communist elite foresee challenges ahead 2007-10-19 20:11:24 Print

Special Report: 17th CPC National Congress

By Xinhua writer Cheng Yunjie

BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- China has ushered in its best period of time over the past century marked by robust economic growth and expanding global clout, but on everyone's lips at the ongoing national congress of the governing Communist Party of China (CPC) is "vigilance in peaceful time".

Delegate Wei Jiafu, president of the China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company talks to a Reuters reporter in Beijing on Oct. 18, 2007. (Xinhua Photo) Photo Gallery>>>

The sentiment of preparing for eventualities doesn't come out of thin air. As Chinese leader Hu Jintao pointed out Monday at the meeting where more than 2,000 Communist elite gathered to mull over the strategy for future, China has come to "a high starting point of our times" while the world gets much more complex.

Sustaining economy has been viewed as the top challenge during the open discussions over the following three days because excess expansion has taken heavy toll on the country's ecology, constantly throwing the government into emergency incidents that sparked a sudden explosion of public complaints over unsafe and deteriorating environment.

In one case, more than one million residents in Wuxi, eastern China's Jiangsu Province, found their tap water supply cut off by the sudden outbreak of the stenchy algae in China's third largest freshwater lake Taihu.

The pressure from outside China also grew as the country's huge appetite for energy and resources--5 percent of the world's coal equivalent, 30 percent of steel and 54 percent of cement annually--triggered doubts and worries about the rise of another voracious power.

Fei Yunliang, a delegate to the congress and director of the Shandong Development and Reform Commission, said, "Breakneck growth at the costs of environment and ecology breached the laws of development, damaged productivity and would certainly incur a setback!"

The delegates did acknowledge the significance of the Scientific Outlook on Development and the proposal to nurture a conservation culture, but they also admitted its success would hinge upon the implementation in grass-root levels.

"It's easier said than done. In some places solving pollution problems brooks no delay. Only after economic growth juggernaut is completely discarded across the country can we breathe in fresher air," said delegate Wei Jiafu, president of the China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 17thcongress; china; cpc; tlr
Hu Jintao delivers a report at the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. The congress, which opens here at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, will last seven days till October 21.

1 posted on 10/20/2007 12:53:13 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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2 posted on 10/20/2007 12:54:28 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

New Google mission statement: “vigilance in peaceful time”...fits right in with the Progressive Party line!

3 posted on 10/20/2007 1:15:11 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: TigerLikesRooster
What's so humorous about this is that when I opened the thread, there was poster of Al Gore's face with the caption "Stupidity." Seemed to fit somehow.

Yes, I know it was the banner ad for the Freep-a-thon.


4 posted on 10/20/2007 9:33:02 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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