Xi: Party must al­ways serve peo­ple

Pres­i­dent tells NPC deputies that the lives and health of the pub­lic should be pro­tected at all costs

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The peo­ple-cen­tered de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy demon­strates the be­lief and mis­sion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, and it must be unswerv­ingly up­held, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Fri­day.

The CPC does not have any ex­clu­sive in­ter­ests for it­self, and it has put the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests in first place all the time, said Xi, who is also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Xi made the re­marks while tak­ing part in a meet­ing with deputies from the del­e­ga­tion of the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion to the third ses­sion of the 13th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress.

Since the very be­gin­ning of the novel coro­n­avirus out­break, the Party has up­held the prin­ci­ple of putting the peo­ple’s lives and health as the top pri­or­ity, mo­bi­lized the most ex­cel­lent doc­tors, the most ad­vanced equip­ment and the most ur­gently needed re­sources across the na­tion, and spared no ef­forts to treat pa­tients, with all med­i­cal costs cov­ered by the coun­try, Xi said.

The peo­ple’s lives and health should be pro­tected at all costs, Xi said, adding that the gov­ern­ment should make con­tin­u­ous ef­forts and re­main alert on dis­ease con­trol and preven­tion to pre­vent a resur­gence of COVID-19.

The peo­ple are the most solid foun­da­tion for the Party’s gov­ern- ance, Xi said. In the fight against the dis­ease, the peo­ple across the na­tion have formed un­shak­able forces un­der the Party’s lead­er­ship, he added.

Xi said of­fi­cials must al­ways keep in mind that their power is granted by the peo­ple, and that power can only be used to bring ben­e­fits to the peo­ple.

The Party has taken strong mea­sures to pun­ish cor­rupt be­hav­ior since the 18th Na­tional Congress of the CPC in 2012, Xi said, adding that more ef­forts should be made to fight against for­mal­ism and bu­reau­cracy.

The aim of pro­mot­ing eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment is to meet the peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tion for a bet­ter life, and of­fi­cials should put the peo­ple’s liveli­hood at the heart of their work and help the peo­ple ad­dress is­sues they are most con­cerned about, in­clud­ing em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, hous­ing, pen­sions, food safety and so­cial se­cu­rity, Xi said.

He en­cour­aged of­fi­cials to make con­tin­u­ous ef­forts from one year to an­other to en­sure the peo­ple gain tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits.

Five deputies from In­ner Mon­go­lia de­liv­ered speeches dur­ing the meet­ing on is­sues such as poverty re­duc­tion, grass­land eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion, the func­tion of Party branches, an­i­mal dis­ease preven­tion, eth­nic unity and ed­u­ca­tion.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, Xi also stressed the im­por­tance of is­sues such as eth­nic unity, poverty re­duc­tion, the em­ploy­ment of col­lege grad­u­ates, mi­grant farm­ers and veter­ans, the im­prove­ment of the dis­ease preven­tion sys­tem, and the pro­tec­tion of the eco­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

In Jan­uary 2018, Xi was unan­i­mously elected by the Peo­ple’s Congress of the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion as a deputy to the 13th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, Li Zhan­shu, Wang Yang, Wang Hun­ing, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng, who are all mem­bers of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, took part in meet­ings with the del­e­ga­tions of the re­gions that elected them to the NPC.

Of­fi­cials must al­ways keep in mind that their power is granted by the peo­ple, and that power can only be used to bring ben­e­fits to the peo­ple.

HUANG JINGWEN / XIN­HUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, who is also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, takes part in the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion del­e­ga­tion’s dis­cus­sion of the Gov­ern­ment Work Re­port, which Premier Li Ke­qiang de­liv­ered on be­half of the State Coun­cil ear­lier in the day, dur­ing the third ses­sion of the 13th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress in Bei­jing on Fri­day.

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