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Xi Jinping visits relocated Nanyang locals for China’s mega water diversion project

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday paid a visit to relocated residents for the country’s mega water diversion project on the second day of his trip in Nanyang, central China’s Henan Province.

His visit this time marks his sixth inspection around the country this year, following southern areas of Guangxi and Fujian, southwest province of Guizhou, northern province of Hebei and capital Beijing.

To quench the thirsty north

The South-to-North Water Diversion Project – the world’s largest operation of such – was designed to optimize the allocation of water sources of the country and quench the thirsty north. Essentially, that would require taking water from China’s longest river, the Yangtze, through its eastern, middle and western routes to feed the north.

According to official data released in February, over 40 billion cubic meters of water were transferred through its middle and eastern routes since going into operation.

During his Thursday inspection, Xi visited the houses of those relocated local residents and learned about their livelihoods.

He also learned about the construction, management and operation of the middle route of the project and the ecological protection of water.

The middle route of the project – the most prominent of the three routes of the project – starts from the Danjiangkou Reservoir in central China and runs across Henan and Hebei provinces before reaching Beijing and Tianjin.

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Peng Liyuan calls for global efforts in AIDS and TB prevention and treatment

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Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, called on people from all walks of life in all countries to join hands and take action to strengthen the prevention and treatment of AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), in order to benefit all mankind and build a global community of health for all.

Peng, also World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, made the remarks via video link on Monday at the opening ceremony of a special high-level event on the sidelines of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS.

The event aimed to provide a platform for WHO member states to reassert their commitment to ending TB deaths among people living with HIV and deliberate on how they will intensify the response to HIV-associated TB in the context of COVID-19.

Peng said the global fight against AIDS and TB has achieved remarkable results in recent years thanks to the concerted efforts made by the international community.

China has gradually established a cooperation mechanism between prevention and control institutions of AIDS and TB, she said. The country has kept the prevalence of AIDS at a low level, and in the past 20 years, the incidence of TB has dropped by more than 40 percent and the mortality rate by more than 70 percent.

These achievements have been made due to the attention paid by the Chinese government, the efforts of the medical personnel and the silent contributions of the volunteers, she said.

Peng also shared some touching stories and expressed her respect for people and volunteers worldwide who have contributed to the prevention and treatment of the diseases.

Major communicable diseases are among the common challenges facing mankind, and it is people’s common wish to end the threats of AIDS and TB, said Peng.

She added that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought more challenges to the containment of the diseases, calling for global efforts to protect lives and forge ahead.

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