Li tells shan­ty­town im­prove­ments on way

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Premier Li Ke­qiang spent part of his first work day of the new year at a shanty town.

The neigh­bor­hood Xiaobeiguan in Taiyuan, about 500 kilo­me­ters (310 miles) from Beijing, houses 830 house­holds. Tap wa­ter is avail­able, but there is only one faucet for ev­ery­one to use. There are at least 80 more such shan­ty­towns in Taiyuan.

Be­com­ing emo­tional, Li said to some of the min­is­ters who ac­com­pa­nied him: “Haven’t you seen that th­ese peo­ple are still liv­ing in such con­di­tions? There are way too many things left to be done in China!”

“We’ll let you live in new build­ings as soon as pos­si­ble,” the premier told res­i­dents as they waved good­bye.

Ren­o­vat­ing shan­ty­towns has been a gov­ern­ment pri­or­ity. In Oc­to­ber, Li told a na­tional work con­fer­ence, “Ren­o­va­tion of shan­ty­towns raises many low-in­come fam­i­lies’ hopes for im­prov­ing their liv­ing con­di­tions and is also a fo­cal point in push­ing for­ward peo­ple-ori­ented ur­ban­iza­tion.”

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