On August 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting to discuss the PLA’s efforts at flood control and disaster relief. A Xinhua report (Hefei, August 20) said that “As of Wednesday, dispatches totalling more than 1.2 million head counts from the PLA and the People's Armed Police Force and more than 300,000 from the militia had been made in flood control missions in 17 provincial-level regions.” It also mentioned that Xi Jinping greeted members of the PLA, PAP, militia and the reserve force and instructed the armed forces to make unremitting efforts to complete the follow-up tasks of flood control and disaster relief. He "stressed the need for the military to continue emergency rescue and disaster relief efforts, assist flood-hit areas in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, and complete the follow-up tasks of flood control and disaster relief.” A CCTV report stated that Xi Jinping hosted a symposium on August 20, during his visit to Anhui where he delivered an important speech. He emphasized that 'it is necessary to deeply understand the status and role of the Yangtze River Delta region in the national economic and social development, combine the new situation and new requirements faced by the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta, adhere to the unity of goal orientation and problem orientation, and closely link integration and high quality. This keyword is to do a good job in key tasks, work hard, and work hard to promote the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta to achieve continuous results'. Politburo Standing Committee member, Vice Premier and leader of the Leading Group for Promoting the Integrated Development of the Yangtze River Delta, Han Zheng attended the symposium and delivered a speech. Ding Xuexiang, Liu He, Chen Xi, and Wang Yong were present along with the Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee Li Qiang, Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee Lou Qinjian, Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee Che Jun, Secretary of the Anhui Provincial Party Committee Li Jinbin, and Deputy Leader He Lifeng of the Leading Group to Promote the Integration of the Yangtze River Delta were present.

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