Xi stresses winning poverty relief battle by 2020

GUIYANG, President Xi Jinping has called for greater efforts to win the battle against poverty on time, and build a demonstration area for implementing new development concepts.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, recently made important instructions on the work of Bijie Trial Zone in southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

“Over the past 30 years, under strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee and with support across all walks of life, significant changes have taken place in Bijie Trial Zone, as it has become a model of the country’s poverty alleviation drive,” Xi said.

With less than three years left on the nation’s timetable to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020, Xi called for prime resources be allocated and precise efforts to ensure the region wins the battle against poverty in a timely fashion.

“After 2020, the regional development should dovetail with the strategy of rural revitalization with a far-sighted and preemptive approach,” Xi said.

He also stressed the importance of advancing green development, human resource development and institutional innovations, and making the trial zone into a demonstration plot for implementing new development concepts.

Xi asked the united front to continue to support the region’s reform and development under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee.

Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, addressed a symposium on the united front’s role in Bijie Trial Zone construction, held in Bijie city on Thursday. (Xinhua)