Beijing, Oct 25 (Xinhua)--Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the People's Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, recently issued an important instruction on the work of traditional Chinese medicine [TCM], pointing out that TCM contains the Chinese nation's concept of health preservation for thousands of years and its practical experience, is a gem of Chinese civilization, and embodies the broad wisdom of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, China has made remarkable achievements in the cause of traditional Chinese medicine and made important contributions to the improvement of people's health.
Xi Jinping stressed that "We should follow that law of development of traditional Chinese medicine, pass on the essence, keep positive innovation, accelerate the modernization and industrialization of traditional Chinese medicine. We should attach equal importance to both traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine, promote the mutual supplement and coordinated development of traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine, promote the high-quality development of traditional Chinese medicine undertakings and industries, push traditional Chinese medicine into the world, give full play to the unique advantages and functions of traditional Chinese medicine in preventing and treating diseases, and contribute to the building of a healthy China and the realization of the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Li Keqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and premier of the State Council, issued an instruction stating that traditional Chinese medicine is a great creation of the Chinese nation. In the process of building a healthy China, we should adhere to the guidance of Xi Jinping's thought of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era. Thoroughly implement the decisions and arrangements made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, vigorously promote personnel training, scientific and technological innovation and drug research and development in traditional Chinese medicine, give full play to the unique advantages of traditional Chinese medicine in disease prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, attach equal importance to both traditional Chinese and western medicine, and promote the high-quality development of traditional Chinese medicine in inheritance and innovation, so that this treasure of Chinese civilization will radiate new brilliance and make new contributions to the health and well-being of the people.
The National Congress of Traditional Chinese Medicine was held in Beijing on October 25th. The meeting conveyed and studied Xi Jinping's important instructions and Li Keqiang's instructions. Sun Chunlan, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice premier of the State Council, attended and addressed the meeting. She said that it was necessary to thoroughly implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's important instructions on traditional Chinese medicine, earnestly implement Premier Li Keqiang's instructions, abide by the laws governing the development of traditional Chinese medicine, strengthen cultural confidence, deepen reform and innovation, firmly push forward the "Opinions on Promoting the Inheritance and Innovation of Traditional Chinese Medicine" and take a development path that is in line with the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine. Improve the service system, encourage social forces to run Chinese medicine clinics and other medical institutions, reform colleges and universities and teacher education, and raise the level of clinical diagnosis and treatment. Excavate folk prescriptions and medicines, construction of genuine medicinal materials base, strengthen the quality supervision. Deepen reform of medical insurance, pricing, and examination and approval, promote scientific and technological innovation and open exchanges, and promote high-quality development of traditional Chinese medicine.
The conference recognized the winners of the National Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Responsible comrades from Shanghai, Guangdong, Gansu, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the State Administration of Drug Administration made speeches at the meeting.
Responsible comrades of relevant departments, responsible comrades of various provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities separately listed in the state plan, relevant responsible comrades of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and winners of the National Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Chinese Medicine attended the meeting.