Xi Jin­ping in Zhe­jiang: Tak­ing the Lead through Solid Work

Tak­ing the Lead through Solid Work

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In 2002, Xi Jin­ping was dis­patched to work in Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. From 2003 to 2007, he served as sec­re­tary of the CPC Zhe­jiang Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Zhe­jiang Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress, as well as the first sec­re­tary of the Party Com­mit­tee of Zhe­jiang Pro­vin­cial Mil­i­tary Re­gion. Dur­ing his ten­ure in Zhe­jiang, Xi trav­eled to ev­ery cor­ner of the prov­ince, pro­moted the sci­en­tific con­cept of “mak­ing prof­its while pre­serv­ing the eco-sys­tem,” stressed provin-

cial de­vel­op­ment in the fields of cul­ture, pub­lic se­cu­rity and rule of law, and en­acted the Eight-eight Strat­egy, com­posed of eight strengths and eight mea­sures, which laid a solid foun­da­tion for the long-term de­vel­op­ment of Zhe­jiang.

“In­no­va­tion through In­her­i­tance, De­vel­op­ment through In­no­va­tion”

In July 2003, at the Fourth Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 11th CPC Zhe­jiang Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee, Xi out­lined Zhe­jiang’s eight ad­van­tages in the fields of mech­a­nisms and sys­tems, ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion, key in­dus­tries, co­or­di­nated ur­ban-ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, ecol­ogy, moun­tain and sea re­sources, en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture, and for­mu­lated eight mea­sures to en­hance the prov­ince’s fu­ture de­vel­op­ment. This plan was later dubbed the “Eight-eight Strat­egy.”

“It is even more dif­fi­cult to con­quer the high­est moun­tain or to drive a car at top speed,” Xi often cau­tioned dur­ing his ser­vice in Zhe­jiang. Ex­actly how did he pro­mote new de­vel­op­ment in Zhe­jiang, con­sid­er­ing it was al­ready eco­nom­i­cally de­vel­oped? At the turn of the cen­tury, Zhe­jiang was fac­ing a crit­i­cal turn­ing point in terms of eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. Ad­dress­ing emerg­ing prob­lems be­came a press­ing task. When Xi ar­rived in Zhe­jiang, he started off by de­vot­ing con­sid­er­able time to grass­roots sur­veys and in­ves­ti­ga­tions of pro­vin­cial gov­ern­men­tal de­part­ments. He fre­quently so­licited opin­ions from rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous sec­tors and the peo­ple to brain­storm plans that would help Zhe­jiang re­al­ize bet­ter de­vel­op­ment. Fi­nally, the Eight-eight Strat­egy took shape and be­came a valu­able phi­los­o­phy driv­ing Zhe­jiang’s de­vel­op­ment.

Xi at­tached great im­por­tance to the de­vel­op­ment of Zhe­jiang’s ma­rine econ­omy. He vis­ited is­lands, fish­ing vil­lages and fish­er­men, and con­ducted many sur­veys. Xi pointed out that ac­cel­er­at­ing Zhe­jiang’s ma­rine eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and mak­ing the prov­ince a mar­itime power would be a sig­nif­i­cant move based on Zhe­jiang’s ac­tual con­di­tions. Xi re­marked that this mea­sure was a key piece of the Eight-eight Strat­egy and its im­ple­men­ta­tion was greatly im­por­tant. “In­no­va­tion should be re­al­ized through in­her­i­tance, and de­vel­op­ment re­al­ized through in­no­va­tion,” opined Xi.

In 2011, the plan to es­tab­lish a ma­rine eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment zone in Zhe­jiang Prov­ince be­came a na­tional strat­egy, a ma­jor part of China’s ocean de­vel­op­ment and an im­por­tant re­gional co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment strat­egy. The same year, China’s State Coun­cil ap­proved the es­tab­lish­ment of Zhoushan Ar­chi­pel­ago New Area, which was planned as a pi­o­neer­ing area to lead oceanic eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The strength of the ocean made Zhe­jiang’s sci­en­tific de­vel­op­ment smooth, and the sea car­ried far-reach­ing sig­nif­i­cance in terms of the prov­ince’s so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“Clear Waters and Lush Moun­tains Are as Valu­able as Gold and Sil­ver”

To­day, “mak­ing prof­its while pre­serv­ing the eco-sys­tem” has be­come con­sen­sus and com­mon prac­tice not only in Zhe­jiang, but also na­tion­wide.

On Au­gust 15, 2005, dur­ing his sur­vey of Yu­cun Vil­lage, Tian­huang­ping Town, Anji County, Xi an­nounced the the­ory that “clear waters and lush moun­tains are as valu­able as gold and sil­ver.” Nine days later, he pub­lished an ed­i­to­rial on eco­log­i­cal progress in Zhe­jiang Daily, in which he pointed out that if eco­log­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­van­tages were trans­formed into in­dus­tries such as eco­log­i­cal agri­cul­ture and tourism, clear waters and lush moun­tains would pro­duce “gold and sil­ver.”

Un­der Xi’s lead­er­ship, Zhe­jiang pro­moted re­cy­cling econ­omy as a key part of be­com­ing an eco-friendly prov­ince. Ten key projects were launched, in­clud­ing eco­log­i­cal in­dus­try and cleaner pro­duc­tion, eco­log­i­cal agri­cul­ture and con­struc­tion of new so­cial­ist coun­try­side, non-com­mer­cial for­est con­struc­tion, clean river course con­struc­tion, eco­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, con­struc­tion of eco­log­i­cal towns, poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, blue sea con­struc­tion, eco­log­i­cal cul­ture con­struc­tion and sci­en­tific and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port.

By 2007, Zhe­jiang had wit­nessed great en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ment. A to­tal of 16 key zones and quasi-key zones for en­vi­ron­men­tal su­per­vi­sion at the pro­vin­cial level reached set stan­dards. Chem­i­cal oxy­gen de­mand (COD) and sul­fur diox­ide emis­sions from ma­jor

pol­lu­tants saw sharp de­crease. The de­crease rates ranked third and fourth in the coun­try, re­spec­tively. And the prov­ince’s eco-en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing re­sults soon ranked top in China.

The sci­en­tific con­cept of “mak­ing prof­its while pre­serv­ing the eco-sys­tem” paved a new path for­ward for Zhe­jiang’s fu­ture sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

“Nei­ther Gold nor Sil­ver Is as Valu­able as the Peo­ple’s Ap­proval”

Dur­ing his ser­vice in Zhe­jiang, Xi often re­marked that an of­fi­cial is only as qual­i­fied as they are in the opin­ion of the peo­ple. In his ar­ti­cle In­con­spic­u­ous Achieve­ments vs. Ob­vi­ous Achieve­ments, Xi men­tioned the im­por­tance of recog­ni­tion from the peo­ple: “We often say that nei­ther gold nor sil­ver is as valu­able as the peo­ple’s ap­proval. We must es­tab­lish the cor­rect def­i­ni­tion of po­lit­i­cal achieve­ment. We should put our shoul­der into con­crete work, never seek short-sighted, quick and easy suc­cess, and re­main de­voted to long-term in­con­spic­u­ous work which will ben­e­fit fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

In early 2003, while de­liv­er­ing that year’s gov­ern­ment work re­port to the Zhe­jiang Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress, Xi men­tioned ten prac­ti­cal deeds the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment planned for the pub­lic that year. Since then, each sub­se­quent Zhe­jiang pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment work re­port, usu­ally re­leased at the be­gin­ning of the year, has set prac­ti­cal goals in ten fields. By the end of the year, the im­ple­men­ta­tion sit­u­a­tion is made trans­par­ent to the pub­lic. Al­ready, Zhe­jiang has es­tab­lished a long-term mech­a­nism for CPC com­mit­tees and gov­ern­ments at pro­vin­cial, mu­nic­i­pal, and county lev­els to per­form prac­ti­cal work for the peo­ple.

Xi at­taches great im­por­tance to the con­struc­tion and im­prove­ment of grass­roots Party or­ga­ni­za­tions and gov­ern­ments. On De­cem­ber 26, 2004, af­ter his visit to the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony of the Wen­zhou-fuzhou Rail­way in Rui’an City, Xi paid a spe­cial visit to the city’s Feiyun Town to de­liver New Year’s greet­ings to ru­ral of­fi­cials. “I used to work in grass­roots gov­ern­ments,” Xi re­called. “I served as vil­lage and county Party chiefs, and have been work­ing with of­fi­cials from grass­roots lev­els con­tin­u­ously. I think about grass­roots work often and feel close to grass­roots of­fi­cials.” He called on the prov­ince to pay more at­ten­tion to this work, and place greater fo­cus on the needs of the most needy.

Dur­ing his ten­ure in Zhe­jiang, Xi vis­ited ev­ery nook and cranny of the prov­ince and de­vel­oped a deep af­fec­tion for it. “Dur­ing my six years in Zhe­jiang, I vis­ited ev­ery city, county, and dis­trict as well as many town­ships, vil­lages, com­mu­ni­ties, schools and en­ter­prises,” he once re­marked.

An aerial view of Zhoushan City, Zhe­jiang Prov­ince, taken on Septem­ber 22, 2017. Dur­ing his ten­ure in Zhe­jiang, Xi Jin­ping stressed many times that Zhoushan should boost ma­rine eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. by Xu Yu/xin­hua

June 2, 2017: A tech­ni­cian in­stalls a cam­era on an un­manned aerial de­vice to in­spect wa­ter­courses. by Weng Xinyang/xin­hua

An aerial view of Anji County, Zhe­jiang Prov­ince, on June 8, 2017. “Clear waters and lush moun­tains are as valu­able as gold and sil­ver,” Xi Jin­ping coined this dia­lec­tic no­tion when he vis­ited Anji on Au­gust 15, 2005. by Zhang Cheng/xin­hua

June 1, 2017: Lo­cal res­i­dents en­joy a sto­ry­telling per­for­mance at an au­di­to­rium in Yaozhuang Town, Ji­ashan County, Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. Dur­ing his ten­ure in Zhe­jiang, Xi Jin­ping at­tached great im­por­tance to cul­tural de­vel­op­ment. by Zhang Cheng/xin­hua

Septem­ber 8, 2017: Work­ers pro­duce LED lamps at a fac­tory in Lin'an Dis­trict, Hangzhou City, cap­i­tal of Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. In re­cent years, the gov­ern­ment of Lin'an Dis­trict has taken ac­tive mea­sures to up­grade its en­ergy-sav­ing lamp in­dus­try. by Xu Yu/xin­hua

Septem­ber 17, 2017: The awards cer­e­mony for a na­tional chil­dren's wear de­sign con­test is held in Zhili Town, Huzhou City, Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. In the first half of 2017, Zhili's on­line sales of chil­dren's cloth­ing sur­passed 3.5 bil­lion yuan (US$527 mil­lion)

A panoramic view of the Youth Hi-tech In­dus­trial Park on Septem­ber 19, 2017, which was con­verted from a clay min­er­als fac­tory in Meis­han Town, Changx­ing County, Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. In re­cent years, Changx­ing County has re­in­forced its ef­forts to pro­tect the

Septem­ber 9, 2017: The first Chi­nese Rail­way Ex­press cargo train leaves for Prague, Czech Repub­lic, from Yiwu in eastern China's Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. Xin­hua

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