9 April 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday stressed efforts to carry forward the Chinese nation's tradition of loving, planting and protecting trees, and to involve the whole society in promoting afforestation.
Xi said wide participation by everyone in China should be encouraged in pushing for large-scale afforestation of the country to achieve more tangible results. He made the remarks while attending a tree-planting activity in east Beijing's District and planting saplings of different types of trees. Xi talked with school children who are also attending the tree planting activity, asking about their study and sport exercise.
Xi also urged them to foster awareness about environmental protection starting in childhood, and encouraging them to build a more beautiful motherland with their own hands. Xi said this year marks the 40th anniversary of National Tree Planting Day.