Strong real econ­omy ‘a must’

Xi calls a boost in man­u­fac­tur­ing a strate­gic choice

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping high­lighted the im­por­tance of build­ing a strong real econ­omy and boost­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try on Thurs­day amid the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to sta­bi­lize eco­nomic growth and deepen re­form.

Not­ing that it’s an ar­du­ous task to build a com­pre­hen­sive well-off so­ci­ety, Xi called for solid ef­forts to push for­ward sus­tain­able and healthy devel­op­ment of the econ­omy and so­ci­ety, thus paving the way for the suc­cess of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China later this year.

“For a big coun­try like China, it’s a must to de­velop the real econ­omy,” Xi, who is also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, told work­ers at Al­nan Alu­minium Co in Nan­ning dur­ing an in­spec­tion tour of South China’s Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

It’s a strate­gic choice for China to boost man­u­fac­tur­ing, he added.

Xi pre­vi­ously vis­ited the com­pany in May 2010, when he was vice-pres­i­dent of China. Not­ing that the com­pany’s prod­ucts have been up­graded to aero­space, rail and ship­ping, Xi con­grat­u­lated the work­ers.

The pres­i­dent high­lighted in­no­va­tion-driven devel­op­ment to achieve the trans­fer from the old en­gine of growth to the new en­gine of cre­ativ­ity. He also stressed com­bin­ing knowl­edge and ex­per­tise.

Xi said that State-owned en­ter­prises are an im­por­tant force for China’s devel­op­ment, and the role of SOEs can only be strength­ened.

He also urged SOEs to be strong, im­prove self-re­form, keep up with the times and ad­dress their weak­nesses through re­form. The SOEs should also pay at­ten­tion to the work of build­ing up the Party, he added.

The pres­i­dent also em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion and warned of “mean­ing­less devel­op­ment at the cost of the en­vi­ron­ment” while meet­ing with res­i­dents on the banks of the Nakao Riv- er in Nan­ning, cap­i­tal of Guangxi.

Eco­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion is among the five pri­or­i­ties put for­ward by the CPC dur­ing its 18th Na­tional Congress in 2012, Xi said, adding that build­ing eco­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion is in line not only with Chi­nese tra­di­tional cul­ture, but also with the coun­try’s need for mod­ern­iza­tion.

He said the prin­ci­ples of pro­tect­ing the ecol­ogy and har­mo­nious devel­op­ment should be up­held in ev­ery area of the coun­try’s devel­op­ment.

Dur­ing the in­spec­tion, Xi also talked with 14 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tions to gather their opin­ions for the 19th Na­tional Congress of the CPC, which will be held in the sec­ond half of the year.

The pres­i­dent at­tached great im­por­tance to the ad­vice and opin­ions of peo­ple from grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tions, and he urged of­fi­cials to collect pub­lic opin­ions for the de­ci­sion-making process of the CPC’s 19th Na­tional Congress.

XIE HUANCHI / XIN­HUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in­spects Al­nan Alu­minium Co in Nan­ning, cap­i­tal of the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, on Thurs­day. The pres­i­dent called for build­ing a strong real econ­omy and boost­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try.

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