Ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion strat­egy, time­line un­veiled

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China has un­veiled the timetable for re­al­iz­ing a key strat­egy to vi­tal­ize the coun­try’s vast coun­try­side at the an­nual Cen­tral Ru­ral Work Con­fer­ence that con­cluded on Fri­day.

Na­tion­wide ef­forts to ac­com­plish the strat­egy will see im­por­tant progress as of 2020, when the in­sti­tu­tional frame­work and pol­icy sys­tem gen­er­ally take shape, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the con­fer­ence.

De­ci­sive progress will be achieved as of 2035, when mod­ern­iza­tion of agri­cul­ture and ru­ral ar­eas fun­da­men­tally be­come re­al­ity. In 2050, the all-around vi­tal­iza­tion will fea­ture strong agri­cul­ture, a beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and well-off farm­ers, the state­ment said.

Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, at­tended and ad­dressed the two-day con­fer­ence. He elab­o­rated on the ma­jor is­sues in re­al­iz­ing the strat­egy and of­fered spe­cific re­quire­ments for trans­lat­ing it into re­al­ity, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The strat­egy, clearly put for­ward by the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress in Oc­to­ber, aims to build China’s ru­ral ar­eas with “thriv­ing busi­nesses, pleas­ant liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments, so­cial eti­quette and ci­vil­ity, ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance and pros­per­ity”.

The ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion strat­egy should be seen as the high­est tool for han­dling work re­gard­ing farm­ers, agri­cul­ture and ru­ral ar­eas at a time when so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics en­ters a new era, ac­cord­ing to the latest ru­ral work meet­ing.

The key to vi­tal­ize ru­ral ar­eas lies in the Party lead­er­ship, and the Party should al­ways take charge of the gen­eral pic­ture while co­or­di­nat­ing all the de­part­ments in­volved, the meet­ing re­lease said.

To carry out the strat­egy, it is also nec­es­sary to for­mu­late plans for ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion and roll out sev­eral ma­jor projects, plans and ac­tions, it said.

Ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion should be pur­sued in an un­hur­ried man­ner, with an em­pha­sis on qual­ity in­stead of speed, ac­cord­ing to the con­fer­ence.

De­spite sound progress in agri­cul­tural and ru­ral work, China still faces a de­vel­op­ment gap be­tween its ur­ban and ru­ral re­gions due to a lack of qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency in agri­cul­ture and a lack of sus­tained growth in farm­ers’ in­come.

The con­fer­ence called for more ef­fort to ad­vance in­te­grated ur­ban-ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, with more focus on im­prov­ing in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic ser­vices in ru­ral ar­eas.

Also China must boost har- mony and co­ex­is­tence be­tween hu­mans and na­ture; in­herit, de­velop and en­hance farm­ing civ­i­liza­tion; in­no­vate in the ru­ral gov­er­nance sys­tem and erad­i­cate poverty, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The con­fer­ence also high­lighted the im­por­tance of es­tab­lish­ing a strong team of pub­lic servants in the ru­ral ar­eas. Send­ing pub­lic servants to grass­roots ru­ral ar­eas should be an im­por­tant way to train of­fi­cials and the coun­try needs to have a ru­ral work team with suf­fi­cient knowl­edge about agri­cul­ture and a love for the coun­try­side and farm­ers.

XIE HUANCHI / XINHUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping greets role mod­els from the coun­try’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor ahead of the Cen­tral Ru­ral Work Con­fer­ence in Bei­jing. The two-day gath­er­ing con­cluded on Fri­day.

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