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Xi stresses blazing new path of high-quality development

Updated: Sep 18,2020 09:55 PM    Xinhua

CHANGSHA — President Xi Jinping has called for efforts to blaze a new path of high-quality development.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during an inspection tour in Central China's Hunan province from Sept 16 to 18.

Xi called on Hunan to develop itself into a hub of advanced manufacturing industry of national importance, a hub of technological innovation with core competitiveness, and a hub of reform and opening-up in inland regions.

He also asked the province to demonstrate a renewed sense of responsibility in promoting the rise of the country's central region and the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt.

During the inspection tour, Xi researched coordinating COVID-19 control and economic and social development, and making plans for the economic and social development in the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025).

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, learns about education on the history of revolution in a revolution-themed exhibition hall in the village of Shazhou, Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. Xi inspected Hunan province on Sept 16. [Photo/Xinhua]

On the afternoon of Sept 16, Xi visited a revolution-themed exhibition hall at the village of Shazhou to learn about Party building at the primary level, local tourism, and education programs promoting revolutionary traditions.

The exhibition chronicles the story of an impoverished villager named Xu Jiexiu, who offered shelter to three female Red Army soldiers during the Long March in the 1930s. Before their departure, the soldiers cut their only quilt into two pieces, leaving one part with Xu to show their care.

Xi required strengthened confidence in the socialist path, urging CPC members to deliver on the Party's commitments and promises and stand together with the people on the Long March of the new era.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, learns about progress in consolidating poverty eradication at a service center in the village of Shazhou, Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Visiting the village's service center and infirmary, he stressed providing better services to the people.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, learns about progress in consolidating poverty eradication at a clinic in the village of Shazhou, Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xi also learned about the progress on poverty alleviation while visiting a modern farming and tourism demonstration base, and checked the collocations of food in student meals and food safety when he toured a township primary school.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits a primary school in Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits a primary school in Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

In the home of Zhu Xiaohong, grandson of Xu Jiexiu, Xi said the CPC's goal is to lead the Chinese people to liberation and a better life, and the Party must stick to its fundamental purpose of serving the people wholeheartedly.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, learns about progress in consolidating poverty eradication at a villager's home in the village of Shazhou, Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Leaving Zhu's home, Xi told villagers and tourists who came to greet him that it is because of the support of the people that the CPC has gone through a glorious course and created great achievements.

He said the Party remains committed to serving the people, which is not only a slogan, but also an action of persistence.

The Party is striving to make people live a richer and happier life, Xi said.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, speaks with villagers in the village of Shazhou, Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, speaks with villagers in the village of Shazhou, Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

While visiting Sunward, an advanced machinery manufacturer in the provincial capital city of Changsha on the afternoon of Sept 17, Xi inspected the workshop and spoke highly of the innovation spirit of the employees.

Independent innovation is the life of an enterprise, Xi stressed. "Key and core technologies must be firmly held in our hands," he added.

Xi required resolute efforts to support manufacturing and the real economy to become bigger and stronger, and pledged to continue opening-up in the new phase of development.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits a company producing intelligent equipment to learn about the development of advanced manufacturing industry, in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, Sept 17, 2020. Xi inspected Changsha on Sept 17. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xi underscored the healthy and continuous development of the cultural industry while visiting a cultural industry park in the city.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits a cultural industry park in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, Sept 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

He also inspected the thousand-year-old Yuelu Academy in Hunan University. Xi stressed combining teaching and practices, making full use of rich historical and cultural resources to promote the understanding of why history and the people have chosen the CPC and socialism.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits a university to learn about the ideological and political work at colleges and the promotion of fine culture, in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, Sept 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits the Yuelu Academy to learn about the ideological and political work at colleges and the promotion of fine culture, in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, Sept 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

He encouraged young people to live up to the expectations of times.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, speaks with teachers and students at the Yuelu Academy in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, Sept 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

On the morning of Sept 18, after hearing the Party's Hunan provincial committee and the provincial government report their work, Xi noted the emergence of new opportunities and challenges while the country remains in an important period of strategic opportunity for development.

Xi stressed the need to nurture new drivers and advantages for high-quality development, advance the modernization of industrial chains, increase effective investment, and expand consumer spending.

He also called for strengthening enterprises' abilities to innovate, breaking deep-rooted institutional barriers, and pushing for the innovative development of foreign trade.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, speaks with the staff members while visiting a company producing intelligent equipment in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, Sept 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

When addressing the prioritization of the development of agriculture and rural areas, Xi stressed the need to steadily raise grain production capability, deepen agricultural supply-side structural reform, activate the internal forces driving rural vitalization, and synchronize poverty eradication with rural vitalization.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, learns about poverty relief industries and progress in consolidating poverty eradication at a modern agricultural tourism demonstration base in the village of Shazhou, Rucheng county, Central China's Hunan province, Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xi called for progress in ecological civilization, and continuous improvement in the environment and rural living conditions.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, speaks while visiting a cultural industry park in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, Sept 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Emphasizing the people-centered philosophy of development, Xi demanded solid efforts to solve problems of pressing public concern.

He said work should be done to facilitate employment among key groups, including college graduates, demobilized military personnel, rural migrant workers, and urban residents who have had difficulty finding jobs.

Problems concerning inaccessible and expensive medical resources should be addressed, and ethnic solidarity should be strengthened, Xi added.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits the Yuelu Academy to learn about the ideological and political work at colleges and the promotion of fine culture, in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province, Sept 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

More efforts should be made to encourage and guide Party members and officials in carrying forward the revolutionary traditions, Xi said, adding that a system under which officials "don't dare to, are unable to and have no desire to commit acts of corruption" must be advanced as a whole.

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