2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the calamitous May 12 Wenchuan Earthquake.
The devastating earthquake that struck 10 years ago ravaged the landscape
and incurred untold losses in lives and property.
General Secretary Xi Jinping still carries the welfare of the affected people with him even now.
How are the recovery and reconstruction going at the affected areas? How is the life of the masses?
With those questions in mind, Xi made a special trip to Yingxiu Town, Wenchuan County, Aba Prefecture, in the morning of February 12, 2018.
Shortly after the earthquake 10 years ago,
he had braved the aftershocks and come to the site to investigate the quake relief efforts
and offer his condolences to the affected people.
Now, ten years have passed. A facelift has taken place there, with peace and order completely restored.
Seeing that the locals are living in happiness and contentment,
General Secretary Xi Jinping said that
“I have always carried the fate of this place with me. And I am happy to see its changes over the decade.”
On the great land of the Orient,
the Chinese nation has survived storms and hardships
and created a splendid civilization with their diligence and resourcefulness.
It is also a disaster-ridden nation,
with a history accompanied by earthquakes, snow disasters, floods, mudslides, and various other disasters.
The prolonged struggle against calamities has nurtured a tough and fortitudinous spiritual quality in the Chinese nation.
Since its founding, the New China has been affected by many major earthquakes.
In 1966, a 6.8-magnitude and a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Xingtai in succession within half a month.
In 1976, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Tangshan,
and an 8.0-magnitude one hit Wenchuan in 2008.
In 2010, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Yushu.
In 2013, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Ya'an...
In both quake-relief and post-quake reconstruction,
the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people have always embraced the spirit of putting people first and respecting science as the secret weapon for victory.
As an important part of the national spirit,
the quake-relief spirit has always inspired the Party and the people in their bid to press forward.
A disastrous earthquake may shake the mountains and rivers,
but it cannot shake the determination of China to achieve national rejuvenation,
just as Comrade Xi Jinping said,
“We must continue to carry forward the quake-relief spirit today,
so as to furnish a strong spiritual impetus for realizing the objective of building a moderately well-off society in an all-round way
and achieving the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation."