Li tells shantytown improvements on way
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.”