Green Vi­tal­iza­tion for Ru­ral China

To im­ple­ment China’s ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion strat­egy, a green path for de­vel­op­ment and the peace­ful co­ex­is­tence of peo­ple and na­ture are es­sen­tial.

China Pictorial (English) - - Front Page - Text by Zhou Hongchun

To im­ple­ment the ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion strat­egy in China, a green path for de­vel­op­ment is es­sen­tial. The coun­try needs to co­or­di­nate sys­temic gov­er­nance of moun­tains, waters, forests, farm­land, lakes and grass­lands, en­hance the sup­ply of eco­log­i­cal prod­ucts and ser­vices, pre­serve food se­cu­rity and tackle en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion to re­al­ize the goals of strong agri­cul­ture, beau­ti­ful vil­lages and pros­per­ous farm­ers.

Ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion should be guided by the new de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy and en­able peo­ple to over­come home­sick­ness. Many peo­ple have re­turned to the coun­try­side only to be dis­ap­pointed by the fact that the beau­ti­ful homes in their mem­o­ries had been pol­luted away. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, noted that the peo­ple should be able to see green moun­tains and clear waters, and have home­towns ca­pa­ble of an­chor­ing their nos­tal­gia. He added that we should pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment like we pro­tect our eyes and treat the en­vi­ron­ment like it is our lives. Ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion re­quires long-term vi­sion based on the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. China will fol­low the prin­ci­ple of “green moun­tains and clear waters are in­valu­able as­sets,” and pro­mote eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment that aligns with en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. Mak­ing ru­ral ar­eas more pleas­ant places to live is a tar­get set by the Cen­tral Ru­ral Work Con­fer­ence, as well as the core driver of the ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion strat­egy. China should seek de­vel­op­ment that is for, by and of the peo­ple, and make more ef­fec­tive in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ments so that peo­ple will more eas­ily sense the gains of joint con­struc­tion and shared de­vel­op­ment. This strat­egy will help de­vel­op­ment gain more mo­men­tum and unite the peo­ple along the road to com­mon pros­per­ity.

China’s eco­nomic pros­per­ity boosts the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment t of its ru­ral ar­eas, both eco­nom­i­cally y and so­cially. The sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form can be pro­moted by de­vel­op­ing agri­cul­ture with dis­tinc­tive tive fea­tures and build­ing brands. Value e chains can be ex­tended through the e in­te­gra­tion of plant­ing, breed­ing and nd pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries. Brand build­ing, ng, in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment should be en­hanced. The prin­ci­ple of de­vel­op­ing green and high-qual­ity agri­cul­ture should be prac­ticed in agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion, n, prod­uct pro­cess­ing and waste re­cy­cling. More or­ganic food should d be pro­duced. In­stead of growth based ased on quantity, China’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor ctor should pur­sue qual­ity and brand­ing, g, and pro­duce high-qual­ity, healthy and nd green agri­cul­tural prod­ucts to main­tain ntain grain se­cu­rity. For­est eco­nomics, eco­log­i­cal tourism and spe­cial towns ns should be de­vel­oped to ben­e­fit ru­ral al peo­ple. The prin­ci­pal con­tra­dic­tion n fac­ing Chi­nese so­ci­ety is the one be­tween un­bal­anced and in­ad­e­quate te de­vel­op­ment and the peo­ple’s ever- grow­ing need for a bet­ter life. Along­side phys­i­cal wealth and spir­i­tual itual trea­sure, more high-qual­ity eco­log­i­cal cal

Au­gust 8, 2017: A vil­lager in He­nan Prov­ince in cen­tral China sells lo­tus seed­pods next to a pond. He earns over 10,000 yuan each sum­mer by sell­ing lo­tus seed­pods. His vil­lage has been des­ig­nated as a model vil­lage for its beauty and liv­abil­ity. by Li...

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