Xi’s Visit to Sichuan
February 12, Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province: Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits Yingxiu Town, the epicenter of the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Wenchuan County on May 12, 2008.
Ahead of Spring Festival, which fell on February 16 this year, President Xi spent several days visiting poor families in southwestern China’s remote mountains, inspecting the earthquake-hit area and joining villagers’ preparations for celebrations for this most important festival of the year for the Chinese. “My job is to serve the people,” Xi declared during the inspection tour. The poor have always remained 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, evidencing the president’s peoplecentered governance philosophy.
Chinese leaders have made it a tradition to visit ordinary people across the country ahead of Spring Festival, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar.