Li vis­its quake-hit prov­ince, urges bet­ter devel­op­ment

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Chengdu: See­ing the smooth roads and new houses in Lushan County, the epi­cen­ter of a strong earth­quake in south­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince in 2013, Premier Li Ke­qiang said he felt deeply re­lieved. The 7.0-mag­ni­tude earth­quake on April 20 of 2013 killed 196 peo­ple, dis­placed more than 100,000 fam­i­lies, and de­stroyed roads and schools. Dur­ing his in­spec­tion tour of the prov­ince from April 24 to 26, the premier vis­ited an earth­quake memo­rial hall, leav­ing flow­ers for the vic­tims and pay­ing a silent trib­ute. “Ev­ery­thing that the Party and the gov­ern­ment have done is to en­sure the peo­ple can live happy, con­tent lives,” Mr Li told vil­lagers in Lushan. By the end of last year, new homes for 33,696 house­holds had been com­pleted and 16,919 sub­stan­dard houses had un­der­gone ren­o­va­tion. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said the eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment level is now higher than that be­fore the earth­quake.

Mr Li vis­ited re­built schools, greet­ing chil­dren and en­cour­ag­ing them to work hard. Dur­ing in­spec­tions of a lo­cal agri­cul­tural park and a com­pany, he asked them to pur­sue green devel­op­ment and lead more peo­ple to wealth. In Chengdu, cap­i­tal city of Sichuan, Mr Mr Li en­cour­aged lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to de­velop more zones to nur­ture new eco­nomic driv­ing forces. He spoke with young en­trepreneurs, and asked gov­ern­ment staff to im­prove gover­nance and ser­vices for new eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Large state-owned en­ter­prises must fur­ther re­form and open up, learn and ap­ply ad­vanced con­cepts and tech­nol­ogy from around the globe and up­grade to cre­ate world-class equip­ment brands, Mr Li said while vis­it­ing an elec­tric equip­ment com­pany.

Dur­ing his visit to Sichuan Univer­sity, he urged the univer­sity to of­fer first-class sub­jects and make more ef­forts to help grad­u­ates get em­ployed. The premier also vis­ited a farm pro­duce mar­ket, where he said the mayor should be re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing sup­ply and food safety. He praised Sichuan’s achieve­ments in var­i­ous as­pects and urged the prov­ince to ad­here to the Com­mu­nist Party’s “roads and lines” while striv­ing to re­alise the goal of build­ing a well-off so­ci­ety in all re­spects, and bet­ter sup­port na­tional eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Xin­hua

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