Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits a local company producing mugwort products, inspecting how Nanyang uses the herb to develop its specialty industries, create more jobs and boost local employment, in Nanyang, central China's Henan Province, May 12, 2021. Xi Jinping on Wednesday inspected the city of Nanyang in Henan Province. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has called for efforts to further develop traditional Chinese medicine.
Xi made the remarks during an inspection tour of Nanyang City in central China's Henan Province, where he visited a memorial facility dedicated to Zhang Zhongjing, a famous Chinese pharmacologist and physician of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), and a local company producing mugwort products on Wednesday.
"The Chinese nation relied on TCM to treat diseases and save lives for thousands of years," Xi said.
"Having fought against COVID-19, SARS and other major infectious diseases, we have a deeper understanding of the role of TCM," he noted.
Highlighting the need to promote TCM development, Xi said efforts should be made to interpret the mechanism of traditional Chinese medicine and pharmacology with modern science and to incorporate both TCM and Western medicine into treatment.