Chinese Leaders Stress Efforts on Poverty Eradication, Economic Restructuring

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders urged more efforts to be made on poverty eradication, faster development in areas with concentrations of ethnic minorities, implementing the "Four Comprehensives" and economic restructuring on March 8.

While speaking with lawmakers from south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in a panel discussion during the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), Xi said targeted measures should be taken to help people lift themselves out of poverty and poverty alleviation work should be done in a timely and down-to-earth manner.

Stress should be laid on economic restructuring, building an open economy full of vitality, as well as expanding and deepening cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Guangxi, Xi said.

Efforts should be made on advancing the rule of law to create a fair and orderly legal environment for the economy and development, and the legitimate rights of people in the areas with concentrations of ethnic minorities should be protected in the framework of the rule of law, he added.

The Chinese government aims for reducing the poor population by more than 10 million this year, according to the government work report delivered on March 5 by Premier Li Keqiang to the NPC annual session.

About 52 million Chinese poor, who are struggling below the poverty line of 2,300 yuan (370 U.S. dollars) per year, were lifted out of poverty in the past four years, official figures showed.

While speaking with lawmakers from southwest China's Sichuan Province during a panel discussion, Li also called for bigger efforts on the battle against poverty and improving people's living standards.

Sichuan should play a leading role in increasing effective market demand, growing the economy, improving the economic growth quality and profitability, and promoting industrial upgrading in global competition, Li said. 

When speaking with lawmakers from northeast China's Liaoning Province, China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang said that the Chinese economy is confronted with both opportunities and challenges after the economy entered the "new normal." 

Opportunities are bigger than challenges, and great efforts should be made on economic restructuring with the focus on improving economic growth quality and profitability, said Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC.

Meanwhile, other Chinese leaders highlighted the implementation of the "Four Comprehensives" strategic layout in order to realize economic and social development targets.

The "Four Comprehensives" refers to a political concept which comprises comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society, deepening reform, advancing the rule of law, and strictly governing the Communist Party of China (CPC).

During a panel discussion with lawmakers from northwestern China's Qinghai Province, top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng called on authorities to uphold the rule of law during their work, including resource development, environmental protection and social governance.

Authorities must also turn to the CPC for leadership "throughout every process and aspect of their work", Yu stressed.


Source: xinhua