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More understanding, less blame

May 7, 2010

15:29, April 30, 2010     

<China Daily is an official publication of the PRC >

The magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit China's Qinghai Province on April 14,
2010 caused great concern from the Chinese people. The central
government and the State Council enabled the state emergency system and
supervised in time to make every effort in search, rescue and disaster
relief. In the meanwhile, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu went to the
disaster-stricken areas on the first day and established the commanding
office of united rescue work to coordinate and conduct the relief
efforts in a comprehensive way. Despite the senior ages and physical
reaction on the plateau, China's President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen
Jiabao traveled to Yushu in person to direct the relief efforts.
Likewise, the relief workers and supplies were transported to the areas
under the supervision of the Chinese government. In addition, people
from all over the country donated money and the volunteers rushed to the
quake zone. They also showed their encouragement through the media and
such words could be heard everywhere in Yushu such as "Cheer up,
Yushu!", "We are all with Yushu people after April 14", "Trust Our
Party, Trust Our Government, and You will be better off with their
Strong Backup."

The relief workers were spending every minute on search and rescue even
by hand for the safety of the people despite the danger of aftershocks,
serious physical discomfort and cold weather. For several days they kept
putting up tents; and the medical personnel tried their utmost to save
the wounded and transferred the seriously injured people through all
kinds of transportation to the hospitals in other provinces supervised
by the government. In addition, the relief workers provided food for
free and opened dinning rooms to the victims and repaired drinking
water, power and telecommunication facilities. Local monks and civilians
started with the relief work voluntarily or organized by the Party.
Meanwhile, more volunteers across the country were waiting to leave for
the quake zone. In sum, all of the rescue work was well-managed and
carried out in a good order under the leadership of the Chinese Central
Government and the Commanding Office. The ability of coordination and
management in emergency estimated by the government during the
earthquake was well received by many countries. The relief efforts
demonstrated the harmonious ties among different ethnic groups, great
cohesion of the Chinese Communist Party and the State Government as well
as the incomparable advantage of the Socialist System.

However, an unpleasant voice was also heard from a small group of people
and foreign media. It goes as: "China is putting up a show in the relief
work caring only the employed, but not the farmers and herdsmen." The
rumor also goes as:"It was actually the monks who did the work, but the
PLA soldiers were covered on TV instead." It was regretful that while
the Chinese government and people were making their best in saving
people's lives in Yushu, these people were acting as bystanders and even
provoked conflicts between ethnic groups, cadres and people as well as
the army and civilians. However, only facts count. It was a fact that
armed police and relief workers rescued people from the debris
tirelessly, building up tents, treated the wounded in the danger of
losing their own lives in the aftershocks and the reaction of plateau.
Moreover, the local government and organizations sent out relief goods
from all parts of China to ensure that every civilian had food to eat,
clothes to wear and tents to stay in. Furthermore, it is also an
undeniable fact that people all over the country gave their donations
for the reconstruction of the disaster hit areas. Even if there was a
time difference in rescuers, it aimed to save more people's lives within
limited time. It is also necessary to adopt these measures to ensure the
smooth lifelines due to the narrow streets in the Old Town of Yushujie
with limited paths. Without practical management and supervision, it
would stir up chaos with a random entry into the areas.

There are always some people and countries that hold some prejudice
against the Chinese Communist Party and its actions. Not only do they
condemn the CCP, but also directly interfere in its affairs without a
fair and objective picture of what is happening in China. It could be
doubted that they mean to contain a rising China without caring for the
people and their property. Suppose they have some sympathy for the
people, they should take some actions in relief efforts and
reconstruction. Mr. Jack Li, a famous actor and founder of Jack Li
Foundation once said: "Volunteers should only act as aides of the
government instead of troublemakers." Therefore, there should be more
understanding and less blames for the sake of the bereaved and the
living, and for the benefit of disaster relief and reconstruction of the

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