China's sixth National Civil Air Defense Conference was convened Tuesday in Beijing, with state leaders meeting delegates and addressing the conference.
President Hu Jintao, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, greeted delegates at the Great Hall of the People.
Premier Wen Jiabao told delegates that this year marked the 60th anniversary of China's civil air defense work, and a relative complete civil air defense system had been formed.
Wen called for integrated development of civil air defense and economic growth, combining the construction of air defense and urban development.
Civil air defense was an important part of emergency management and the government should lead civil defense work, he said.
Wen said survival abilities, rapid response, emergency rescue and development of civil air defense work had been strengthened over the past six decades, and it had played an important role in disaster prevention and relief, emergency work and ensuring the safety of people and property.
"It has greatly contributed to the country's economic and social development and national defense," he said.
Vice President Xi Jinping, Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Zhou Yongkang, secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, all Standing Committee members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, also met the delegates. Source: Xinhua http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2010-10/27/nw.D110000renmrb_20101027_2-01.htm?div=-1