Food se­cu­rity, man­u­fac­tur­ing called key ar­eas

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By XU WEI xuwei@chi­

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping un­der­lined the im­por­tance of sel­f­re­liance in food se­cu­rity, the real econ­omy and man­u­fac­tur­ing on Wed­nes­day as the coun­try faces ris­ing uni­lat­er­al­ism and trade pro­tec­tion­ism in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, said dur­ing a field in­spec­tion to Hei­longjiang prov­ince that uni­lat­er­al­ism and trade pro­tec­tion­ism are forc­ing China to take a path of self-re­liance, which, he said, “is not a bad thing”.

It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to gain ac­cess to lead­ing tech­nolo­gies and key tech­nolo­gies in­ter­na­tion­ally, and China will ul­ti­mately rely on it­self, Xi said.

As a ma­jor coun­try of close to 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple and with an area of 9.6 mil­lion square kilo­me­ters, China should rely on it­self in key ar­eas, he said.

In Qiqi­har, Xi in­spected fa­cil­i­ties of China First Heavy In­dus­tries and a sub­sidiary of China Rail­way Rolling Stock Corp on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Xi noted that the coun­try is closer than ever to mak­ing its two cen­te­nary goals a re­al­ity. Yet the last leg of a jour­ney can be the most de­mand­ing part, and it has never be­fore met so many chal­lenges and dif­fi­cul­ties as now.

Equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing is the pil­lar of the na­tion as well as an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the real econ­omy, he said. It is im­por­tant for the sec­tor to lever­age its strengths, seize op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come stronger, do bet­ter and grow big­ger.

He added that the coun­try’s em­pha­sis on high-qual­ity de­vel­op­ment and build­ing the Belt and Road has brought op­por­tu­ni­ties that man­u­fac­tur­ers must seize to im­prove ca­pac­i­ties and con­tinue with re­form and in­no­va­tion.

Xi urged staff work­ers to take the his­toric re­spon­si­bil­ity, work out a good map for de­vel­op­ment and en­hance Party lead­er­ship. He also un­der­scored the im­por­tance of im­prov­ing man­age­ment and stim­u­lat­ing the en­thu­si­asm of tal­ent to in­no­vate and start new busi­nesses.

Wed­nes­day was the se­cond day of Xi’s in­spec­tion tour. On Tues­day, he vis­ited a large State-owned farm in Jiansan­jiang, near the bor­der with Rus­sia.

At agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery cen­ters and rice pad­dies, he held de­tailed talks with farm­work­ers and man­agers on pro­duc­tion and man­age­ment.

He stressed the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing China’s food se­cu­rity so that the coun­try can al­ways con­trol its own food sup­ply. Agri­cul­ture is a fun­da­men­tal sec­tor, and China’s mod­ern­iza­tion can­not be achieved with­out agri­cul­tural mod­ern­iza­tion, he said. Re­vi­tal­iza­tion of agri­cul­ture should rely on science and tech­nol­ogy as well as tal­ent, he said.

Xi also high­lighted the im­por­tance of im­prov­ing soil qual­ity, which he said can­not be al­lowed to de­grade. Green de­vel­op­ment should also be sus­tain­able, and agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion should not fo­cus only on short-term ben­e­fits.

The State-owned farm is the way to go as the coun­try re­forms its land recla­ma­tion sec­tor, and re­forms should fur­ther stim­u­late the ini­tia­tive of farm­work­ers, pro­tect their in­ter­ests and help them im­prove their skills, he said.

Also on Wed­nes­day, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil re­leased the full text of the Plan for Ru­ral Vi­tal­iza­tion Strat­egy (2018-22). The strat­egy high­lights strik­ing in­sta­bil­ity and un­cer­tain­ties in the in­ter­na­tional trade of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, and press­ing tasks to prop­erly cope with risks in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets and im­prove the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the coun­try’s agri­cul­ture.

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