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Qinghai-Tibet Railway to bolster prosperity in West China: Hu
Latest Updated by 2006-07-03 08:16:58
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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R, front), who is also general secretary of Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), shakes hands with a construction worker of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in a tent at a construction site of Golmud Railway Station on July 1, 2006. Hu paid a visit along some sections of the Qinghai-Tibet railway after the launching ceremony of the railway in Golmud, northwest China's Qinghai Province Saturday. (Xinhua Photo)

Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is also general secretary of Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), talks with the stationmaster of Lhasa Railway Station over a phone during his visit to Mount Yuzhu railway station at an altitude of 4,159 meters on July 1, 2006. Hu came to Mount Yuzhu railway station after the launching ceremony of the Qinghai-Tibet railway in Golmud, northwest China's Qinghai Province Saturday. (Xinhua Photo)

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Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged local officials to get hold of the opportunities brought by the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to bolster the prosperity and ethnic unity in the country's west areas.

The railway stretches 1,956 km from Xining, provincial capital of Qinghai, to Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. It went into operation on Saturday.

Right after the celebration marking the launching of the railway, the president got on a train Saturday noon to inspect the construction and operation of the railway, praising the contribution of workers in the past years to construct the highest rail in the world.

Some 960 km of the railway's tracks are located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters. Actually, a section of 814 km from Xining to Golmud began operation in 1984 and the Golmud-Lhasa section started construction on June 29, 2001.

Hu asked local officials to make full use of resources to accelerate economic and social development and improve the people's living standard. In the meantime, the environment should be protected well for the benefit of future generations.

At a railway station, Hu visited the control rooms for the operation of trains and tracks, and asked about the living and working conditions of railway staff in the plateau areas, wishing them good health and calling on them to contribute more to the country's railway contribution.

President Hu attends launching ceremony of Qinghai-Tibet railway

Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is also general secretary of Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), delivers an important speech at the launching ceremony of the Qinghai-Tibet railway held at the Golmud Railway Station in Golmud, northwest China's Qinghai Province, July 1, 2006  (Xinhua Photo)
 
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday attended a launching ceremony of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the first ever rail link to the "roof of the world", Saturday.

The grand ceremony was held this morning in Golmud, a start-off point of the landmark railway in northwest China's Qinghai Province, to mark the railway's opening to traffic.

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Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
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