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General Secretary Xi Jinping on Inspection Tour in Shanxi Province

2020/05/13

On his recent inspection tour in Shanxi 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, underscored the need to act on the guidelines laid out at the 19th National Congress of the CPC and the second, third and fourth Plenums of the 19th CPC Central Committee. He urged continued commitment to the general principle of pursuing progress while ensuring stability, to the new development approach, and to the main task of supply-side structural reform.

Xi called for solid steps to maintain stable performance in six key areas, namely employment, finance, foreign trade, foreign investment, domestic investment and market expectation, and urged all-out efforts on six priorities, namely employment, people’s livelihood, the development of market entities, food and energy security, stable operation of the industrial and supply chains, and smooth functioning at the community level.

Xi stressed that overcoming the impact of COVID-19 and making greater progress in high-quality development 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. He called on the local authorities to build on the good momentum and strive for a new chapter in building socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.

On 11 and 12 May, accompanied by Secretary of the CPC Shanxi Provincial Committee Lou Yangsheng and Governor Lin Wu, Xi visited the cities of Datong and Taiyuan. He went to an agribusiness base, a community of relocated villagers, a cultural heritage, a reform demonstration zone and a company to inspect work on advancing economic and social development while keeping COVID-19 containment measures in place and on solidifying the progress in poverty elimination.

On the afternoon of 12 May, Xi was briefed by the Shanxi provincial Party committee and government on their work, and recognized their efforts in various respects. Noting the growing challenge of imported cases and the persistent risk of a resurgence, he stressed the need to stay fully alert, keep up the control effort, and improve longer-term mechanisms of COVID-19 containment. Resolute efforts must be taken to leave no chance for a resurgence and make sure that the previous gains will not be lost.

Xi urged more timely and effective solutions to the difficulties and challenges facing businesses as they resume production and operation. All policy measures aimed at expanding domestic demand must be delivered to the ground. The role of major investment projects should be harnessed to shore up the real economy, especially the manufacturing sector.

A host of transformative, pioneering and pacesetting measures should be taken to move forward pilot reforms for an energy revolution and to adjust and optimize the industrial structure.

More steps must be taken to spur science, technology and innovation for more breakthroughs in developing new infrastructure, technologies, materials, equipment, products and forms of business.

Continuous efforts must be made to advance reforms against all odds in such key areas as state-owned enterprises and assets, fiscal policy, taxation and finance, business environment, the private economy, domestic demand, and urban-rural integration. More needs to be done to improve the institutions and mechanisms for opening-up and pursue high-quality development.

Xi stressed the importance of embracing the philosophy that green is gold and promoting the spirit of perseverance and fortitude as demonstrated in the afforestation endeavors of Youyu county in Shanxi.

He instructed Shanxi to take a holistic approach in managing the ecosystems of mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, farmland, and grassland, and advance the ecological restoration and rehabilitation of its two mountains and seven rivers and the areas along the Yellow River basin. He urged good implementation of the national strategy for ecological conservation of the basin and high-quality development. More needs to be done to accelerate institutional innovation and step up policy enforcement. Efforts must be made to promote a green way of life and production, win the critical battle against pollution, and make sure that development and preservation go hand in hand in the areas along the Yellow River.

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