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General Secretary Xi Jinping Inspects Work in Shaanxi Province

2020/04/24

On his recent inspection tour in Shaanxi Province, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the People's Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, emphasized the need to fully implement the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee, adhere to the overall guideline of pursuing progress while ensuring stability, and follow the new development philosophy.

Xi called for solid steps to maintain stability in employment, finance, foreign trade, foreign investment, domestic investment, and market expectations, and urged all-out efforts to protect jobs, livelihoods, market entities, food and energy security, the stability of industrial and supply chains, and the smooth running at the primary level.

Xi stressed that overcoming the impact of COVID-19 is of crucial importance to securing an ultimate victory in the battle against extreme poverty and to completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and called on the local authorities to strive for a new chapter in the development of the province in the new era.

Spring has come to Shaanxi at this time of year. Between April 20 and 23, accompanied by Secretary of the CPC Shaanxi Committee Hu Heping and Governor Liu Guozhong, Xi visited the cities of Shangluo, Ankang and Xi'an. He went to a nature reserve, poor mountainous areas, local communities, campuses and businesses to learn about ecological preservation in the Qinling Mountains and progress in poverty alleviation and the resumption of work and production. He also inspected work on advancing both COVID-19 response and economic and social development and on eradicating poverty, and met officials and members of the public.

On the morning of 23 April, Xi was briefed by the Shaanxi provincial Party committee and government on their work, and recognized their efforts in various respects. He pointed out that the year 2020 is the concluding year for China's endeavor to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects, deliver on the 13th Five-Year Plan, and eradicate absolute poverty. In the face of the challenges brought by the sudden strike of COVID-19 to the goals and tasks set for the year, local officials and people must waste no time and work hard to break new ground in every endeavor in this new era, thus contributing to the realization of the two centenary goals and the Chinese dream of great national renewal.

Xi stressed that the underlying trend of stable and sound economic performance in the long run remains unchanged. It is important to stay confident and committed to changing the economic development modes at a faster speed and shoring up the real economy, especially the manufacturing sector. Investment should be scaled up in new infrastructures such as 5G, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and the Industrial Internet and in such fields as transport, water conservancy and energy. More needs to be done to strengthen the weak links in rural infrastructure and public services and address uneven and inadequate development. Innovation and industrial chains should be advanced in coordination to enable bigger progress toward quality economic growth.

Xi pointed out that to modernize China's system and capacity for governance, it is necessary to prioritize major reform measures which are of fundamental, primary and overarching importance to the reform and opening-up of the inland areas. He called for efforts to integrate local development more deeply into the Belt and Road initiative, set up transportation corridors, trade and logistic hubs, and major bases for industrial development and people-to-people exchanges connecting to countries in Central, South and West Asia, and open international trade routes featuring high efficiency, low cost and good service in China's inland.

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