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UPDATED: May 27, 2008  
Chinese top Legislator Visits Hospital, Distribution Center in Quake Zone

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo arrived in Chengdu, capital of quake-hit Sichuan province Monday, where he visited a hospital and a distribution center of relief materials.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, immediately went to the General Hospital of the Chengdu Military Command Area upon his arrival.

The hospital has received more than 3,000 injured people since May 12, when a 8.0-magnitude earthquake jolted southwest China and killed more than 60,000 people.

Two pupils from Beichuan county, one of the worst hit areas, Hua Meihua and Ji Lei, told Wu that they have received good treatment in the hospital and have been recovering.

"You are brave and good kids. You will recover soon. When you return to school, you must study hard," said Wu, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee,.

Wu also chatted with 81-year-old veteran Sun Menglin in the same ward.

"I have never cried when I fought in the war as a soldier, I but wept this time. I was moved by the unity among people," said Sun whose left leg was seriously injured in the quake.

The hospital is also treating several survivors buried under the rubble for more than 100 hours.

Wu shook hands with four of them at the side of their beds. "You have created miracles of life. People across the country are thinking of you and hoping you to recover as early as possible. Let's believe no difficulty will stop us once we join hands," he said.

Wu thanked doctors and nurses at the hospital for working day and night to save lives.

He then went to the Chengdu Railway Station, which has become an important distribution center of relief materials from home and abroad.

Wu talked with volunteers working at the station. "Coming from every corner of the country, you are an important force in the quake relief efforts. I hope relief materials could be delivered to thousands of needy people through your hard work."

(Xinhua News Agency May 26, 2008)

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