Xi wraps up New Year tour

Pres­i­dent turns his peo­ple-cen­tered talk into ac­tions dur­ing trav­els

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pledged to not leave a sin­gle per­son be­hind in the process of build­ing a well-off so­ci­ety dur­ing his four-day in­spec­tion tour of moun­tain­ous Sichuan prov­ince.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, stressed the im­por­tance of im­ple­ment­ing the spirit of the 19th CPC Na­tional Con­gress as well as the spirit of re­cent con­fer­ences on eco­nomic and ru­ral work dur­ing the tour, which ended on Tues­day.

While vis­it­ing the homes of poor eth­nic Yi vil­lagers in Zhao­jue county, Xi asked them about their lives and dis­cussed poverty al­le­vi­a­tion with lo­cal of­fi­cials and vil­lagers.

The CPC will not leave any eth­nic group, any fam­ily or any per­son be­hind in the process of build­ing a moder­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety in all re­spects, Xi told the vil­lagers.

Af­ter hear­ing Ji Hao, a 10-year-old girl of Yi eth­nic­ity, sang a song about how beau­ti­ful the na­tional flag is, Xi said he hopes all the coun­try’s chil­dren will lead happy lives.

Xi stressed the im­por­tance of build­ing Party branches at ru­ral, grass­roots lev­els for re­duc­ing poverty in moun­tain­ous ar­eas. The Party sec­re­tary and work teams dis­patched to vil­lages should set a goal of help­ing peo­ple to have bet­ter lives, he said.

He said he was glad to see that the liveli­hoods of the eth­nic Yi peo­ple are im­prov­ing daily. He said that tal­ents are im­por­tant in ru­ral ar­eas to help en­rich the ar­eas.

In build­ing so­cial­ism, the CPC’s goal is to en­able peo­ple of all eth­nic­i­ties to lead happy lives, Xi said.

When Xi was leav­ing the vil­lage of Huopu in Jiefang town­ship, the vil­lage’s Party sec­re­tary pre­sented him a chaerwa, a tra­di­tional eth­nic Yi cos­tume, to ex­press their love and grat­i­tude. Vil­lagers sang an Yi song to bid the pres­i­dent farewell.

Xi then trav­eled to Tianfu New Area in Chengdu, cap­i­tal of Sichuan, where he called for build­ing the newly ap­proved new area into a bul­wark for eco­nomic open­ing-up in in­land ar­eas.

Xi vis­ited an elec­tron­ics tech­nol­ogy com­pany in Chengdu and urged the com­pany to de­velop mil­i­tary-civil in­te­gra­tion and im­prove the ca­pa­bil­ity of in­no­va­tion.

“I am a ser­vant of the peo­ple. My job is to serve the peo­ple,” Xi said on Mon­day while talk­ing with peo­ple in Zhanqi, a vil­lage in Chengdu’s Pidu district.

“We will safe­guard the as­set of the Com­mu­nist Party of China to pro­vide a happy life for the peo­ple,” he said.

Be­fore go­ing to Zhanqi, Xi vis­ited Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, the epi­cen­ter of the 8.0 mag­ni­tude earth­quake that struck Sichuan on May 12, 2008.

There he saw the ru­ins of a mid­dle school and laid flow­ers in mem­ory of more than 80,000 peo­ple killed in the quake and the he­roes who died dur­ing res­cue work.

Xi said the ru­ins must be pro­tected to be­come a base for ed­u­ca­tion in pa­tri­o­tism.

He also saw the changes in Yingxiu over the 10 years since the quake and vis­ited a tea­mak­ing work­shop and a res­tau­rant, where he helped brew but­tered tea, cooked fried pork and ground soy­beans to

make bean curd.

Dur­ing the visit, Xi told vil­lagers that China would con­tinue to re­vi­tal­ize the coun­try­side.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try­side is not just about de­vel­op­ing in­dus­tries or ma­te­ri­als, but about spir­i­tual and cul­tural lives,” he said.

At a con­fer­ence on Tues­day at­tended by of­fi­cials of Sichuan prov­ince, Xi said the 19th CPC Na­tional Con­gress has set the di­rec­tion for the Party and coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

The whole Party and coun­try should learn and im­ple­ment the spirit of the con­gress, carry out the tasks of re­form, de­vel­op­ment and sta­bil­ity, and make poli­cies that ben­e­fit the peo­ple, he said.

Not­ing that the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment has been trans­ferred from a high-speed pe­riod to high-qual­ity pe­riod, Xi urged more ef­fort to deepen sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form and boost in­no­va­tion.

The pres­i­dent high­lighted the im­por­tance of a peo­ple­cen­tered de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy, say­ing the gov­ern­ment should re­solve such is­sues as ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, health, so­cial se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity for the peo­ple.

The whole Party must safe­guard the au­thor­ity of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and its cen­tral­ized and uni­fied lead­er­ship, Xi said.

This was the sixth con­sec­u­tive year Xi vis­ited the front lines of China’s war against poverty in his Lu­nar New Year in­spec­tion tour.

He vis­ited north­west­ern Gansu prov­ince in 2013, north­ern In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion in 2014, north­west­ern Shaanxi prov­ince in 2015, east­ern Jiangxi prov­ince in 2016 and north­ern He­bei prov­ince in 2017.

The poor have been Xi’s fore­most con­cern. In his 2018 New Year speech, the word “peo­ple” ap­peared most fre­quently, and he em­pha­sized the “well-be­ing” of the Chi­nese peo­ple, dis­play­ing his peo­ple-cen­tered gov­er­nance phi­los­o­phy.

JU PENG / XIN­HUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping grinds soy beans to make bean curd dur­ing his visit to Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, Sichuan prov­ince, on Mon­day. Xi said il­lit­er­acy and other ob­sta­cles can be thwarted by ed­u­ca­tion.

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