Xi pushes re­form group

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By XIN­HUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called on Tues­day for solid ef­forts to press ahead with the coun­try's planned re­forms in ac­cor­dance with the es­tab­lished timetable and road map. The coun­try should fo­cus more on eco­nomic sys­tem re­forms and im­prove fun­da­men­tal mech­a­nisms that sup­port these over­hauls, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased af­ter a meet­ing of the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group for Deep­en­ing Over­all Re­form that was presided over by Xi. Dur­ing the meet­ing, poli­cies were passed con­cern­ing such is­sues as green fi­nance, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, re­source al­lo­ca­tion and poverty re­lief. Pol­i­cy­mak­ers promised to "sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce" the gov­ern­ment's role in the di­rect al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources and to rely in­stead on the power of the mar­ket, and also to im­prove pro­tec­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights. More will be done to en­cour­age pri­vate in­vestors to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties in en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly sec­tors, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. Au­thor­i­ties at all lev­els were or­dered to ful­fill their poverty re­lief re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and to im­prove land re­forms for ru­ral ar­eas. As part of ef­forts to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment, a pilot en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age com­pen­sa­tion sys­tem will be rolled out in Jilin, Jiangsu, Shan­dong, Hu­nan, Guizhou and Yun­nan prov­inces and in Chongqing mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in­sti­tutes should adopt a salary sys­tem and pay raise pro­cess that re­flects the value of such work and pro­vides mo­ti­va­tion for sci­en­tists. The in­come dis­tri­bu­tion pol­icy should take into con­sid­er­a­tion the dif­fer­ences be­tween nat­u­ral and so­cial sci­ences as well as dif­fer­ences be­tween jobs in ba­sic re­search, tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tion of tech­nol­ogy, the state­ment said. Re­gard­ing health re­form, med­i­cal in­sti­tutes were urged to learn from suc­cess­ful mod­els while ex­plor­ing re­form mea­sures that would suit their own sit­u­a­tions. The state­ment called on the health in­dus­try to im­prove the oper­a­tion of State-run hos­pi­tals, med­i­cal in­sur­ance man­age­ment, medicine sup­ply and su­per­vi­sion and to de­velop ef­fec­tive per­son­nel man­age­ment and salary sys­tems. While ac­knowl­edg­ing the progress al­ready made in ma­jor fields, it said that in­spec­tions were needed to re­view the im­ple­men­ta­tion and re­sults of the re­forms. Over the course of the 27 meet­ings con­vened by the lead­ing group since De­cem­ber 2013, hun­dreds of mea­sures have been de­signed and re­leased to ad­dress var­i­ous is­sues, in­clud­ing ur­ban­iza­tion, poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, in­no­va­tion and the mar­ket's role in re­source al­lo­ca­tion.

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