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for more than 60 years and stayed true to his original aspirations. As a s
oldier, Zhang defended the country; as a civilian, he works for the people’s well-being, Xi said.
Zhang lives a life of simplicity, purity and indifference to fame and fortune, serving as a role
model for military officers, rank-and-file soldiers and veterans across the country, Xi said.
Zhang, a member of the CPC, was a soldier of Brigade 359 of the Northwest Field Ar
my, one of the main forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army during the Liberation War between 1945 and 1949.
He was honored by the Northwest Field Army sever
al times for performing meritorious deeds as he braved enemy fire. He was twice given the honorary title of C
including existing ski resorts and some newly built projects, to host all eight Olympic snow sports
in 2022. The three clusters will be connected by a new high-speed railway, which will be completed by t
he end of this year. It looks beyond the Games to boost future winter sports tourism.
According to the organizing committee, all 26 venues for 2022 will be ready by June next year with the f
irst test event, a World Cup skiing series, scheduled to be held in Yanqing’s National Alpine Skiing Center in February.
About 90 percent of the earth moving work for the mountain center is now complete, and a 53-hecta
re forest reserve has been built nearby for transplantation of all the trees affected by the construction.
“The preparations are ready to step up to the next stage, from planning to
the readiness phase. Beijing is ahead in the race against time,” said Liu Yumin, dire
ctor of the planning, construction and sustainable development department of the 2022 Olympic Organizing Committee.