China strives to balance dynamic COVID-19 control and economic growth
During President Xi Jinping’s last inspection of the southwest China Sichuan Provincehe called for efforts to overcome economic development challenges while emphasizing that the dynamic zero COVID-19 approach must be maintained unwaveringly.
President Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (PCC) Central Committee, began its inspection on Wednesday and visited the cities of Meishan and Yibin.
Promote green agricultural development
Promoting agricultural modernization was highlighted during Xi’s visit to Yongfeng Village. Relying on the advantages of rice industry and technology, the village has built the largest pilot testing base of new rice varieties in the province.
After learning about local efforts to advance the development of high-level farmland, boost grain production and promote rural revitalization, Xi said efforts are needed to strengthen the application and training of science and modern agricultural technologies and actively develop green, ecological and efficient agriculture.
“The Chinese have the confidence to keep the bowl of rice firmly in their hands,” he said, adding that it is important to ensure food security, especially grain production.
Protection of the ecological environment in the Yangtze River Basin
Protecting the ecological environment was another goal of Xi’s inspection tour.
Protecting the ecological environment of the Yangtze basin is the prerequisite for promoting high-quality development of the Yangtze economic belt, Xi said during his visit to Sanjiangkou, where the Jinsha and Minjiang rivers converge on the Yangtze.
The Yangtze River Economic Belt covers nine provinces and two municipalities, accounting for more than 40% of the country’s population and overall economy.
China The senior leaders called for efforts to make the economic belt the center of the country’s green development, the main artery of a smooth “dual circulation” of domestic and international markets, and the main driver of economic development in high quality.
Ensure people’s normal life and production
During the inspection, Xi also called for measures to facilitate the employment of university graduates, promote scientific and technological innovation in enterprises and strengthen the country’s independent innovation capacity.
The President was deeply concerned about the rescue and treatment of those injured in the 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Ya’an de Sichuan June 1.
He urged local authorities to make appropriate arrangements for quake-affected residents, ensure the supply of basic necessities and develop recovery and reconstruction plans.
Speaking of the recent floods and geological disasters in parts of China, he called for early emergency preparations to protect people’s lives and property. He also demanded rapid rescue efforts after disasters to minimize casualties and loss of property.