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Chinese vice premier stresses emergency management

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, attends the ceremony to launch the Ministry of Emergency Management and makes an inspection of the ministry, April 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)

BEIJING, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng Monday called for efforts to strengthen the country's emergency management.

Han, also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during an inspection of newly-formed Ministry of Emergency Management.

Han said that efforts should be made to improve the country's emergency management as well as disaster prevention and relief to protect people's lives and property while ensuring social stability.

As part of a massive cabinet restructuring plan unveiled last month, the ministry was formed to compile and implement emergency management plans, as well as organize rescue and relief for disasters and workplace accidents. It will also be in charge of prevention and control of fire, flood, drought and geographical disasters.

Han also underlined the establishment of emergency management headquarters under the ministry for timely emergency response and management.

The ministries of veterans affairs, and ecology and environment were also established Monday.

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng (L), also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, attends the ceremony to launch the Ministry of Emergency Management and makes an inspection of the ministry, April 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)