Chinese premier stresses forest fire prevention and control

11 March 2020

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CHINA – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for coordinated efforts to control the novel coronavirus disease and prevent forest and grassland fires during peak fire seasons.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks in an instruction on the country’s fire prevention and control work.

Priority should be given to fire prevention, Li said, stressing efficiency and safety in fire control.

Authorities should enhance the monitoring system and strengthen supervision to identify hazards that may lead to forest fires, he said.

Li also called for coordination among different government departments to provide strong support for promoting steady economic development and ensuring the safety of people’s lives and property.

Attending a national teleconference on forest and grassland fire prevention and control Tuesday, State Councilor Wang Yong called for solid efforts to forestall forest fires and other major disasters.

Wang, also head of the national headquarters of forest and grassland fire prevention and control, stressed efforts to make sure authorities at all levels perform their duties in fire control.

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