Xi’s Visit to Sichuan

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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.

by Ju Peng/xin­hua

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