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Xi urges Red Cross China to reform

Updated: 2015-05-05 19:39

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called on the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) to promote reform and innovation and give sincere care to people in need.

Xi made the remarks when meeting with representatives at the 10th general congress of the RCSC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Hailing the RCSC as a bond linking the public with the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the government in the humanitarian field, Xi said the organization's role was highly valued.

He said that the humanitarian organization, founded in 1904, had played an important role in disaster rescue and relief, safeguarding people's health and promoting peace and progress of mankind.

The president urged Party committees and governments at all levels to give more support to RCSC missions and help the organization tackle challenges that have emerged in its development.

With support from the Party and government, and encouraged by the public, the RCSC will open a new chapter, according to Xi.

Top CPC and state leaders Li Keqiang and Liu Yunshan also attended the meeting.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the congress, vice Premier Liu Yandong urged the RCSC to be efficient and transparent in management so as to enhance its credibility.

Liu also called on the organization to deepen reform and focus its efforts on impoverished areas and groups in need.

Awards were handed out at the congress to 32 groups and 10 individuals working for the RCSC for their outstanding performance.

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