Xi stresses rural reform, official integrity

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the second plenary meeting of the second session of

China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

on March 9, 2014.   Photo by Li Xueren 

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China

(CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, joins a

discussion with deputies to China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) from east

China’s Anhui Province during the second session of the 12th NPC, in Beijing,

on March 9, 2014.   Photo by Li Xueren

 

 

 

 

Xi stresses

rural reform,

official integrity

 

 

By Cheng Jing

 

 

President Xi Jinping called for deepened rural reform and strictly regulated use of officials’ power when he attended a discussion of national lawmakers on Sunday of March 9.

Rural reform should be deepened energetically with a right orientation, and farmers’ wishes should be respected, Xi said at a panel discussion of the deputies to the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, from east China’s Anhui Province.

He urged proper handling of issues related to farmers’ land, saying that pilot programs should be carried out to ensure that rural reform goes on smoothly.

He said that he hopes Anhui Province, which spearheaded China’s rural reform that broke up the previous commune-style collective farming, could make an even bigger stride on the way of building a moderately prosperous society.

A village in Anhui Province initiated a household contract responsibility system in 1978, kicking off the country’s rural reform.

Shortly after a key reform meeting last year pledged to gradually allow the transfer and mortgage of farmers’ land-use rights, Anhui announced that around 20 counties will pilot a new system of rural property transfers.

During the discussion, Xi also urged officials to keep improving their work style and properly use their rights.

Officials should hold unwavering belief, seek integrity, keep away from vulgar interest, and resist harmful trends and crooked practices, Xi said.

“Power should be used for the people and in accordance with rules, and be encaged by regulations, while privileges and trade of power for self benefit should be allowed on no occasion,” Xi said.

The annual session of the NPC opened on Wednesday and is scheduled to end on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (center), also a member of the Standing Committee of the

Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, joins a discussion

with deputies to the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) from east China’s Jiangxi

Province during the second session of the 12th NPC, in Beijing, on March 9, 2014.  

Photo by Xie Huanchi

 

 

 

 

Chinese leaders

join lawmakers

in panel discussions

 

 

By Zuo Wei and Cao Kai

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and other senior leaders on Sunday of March 9 joined lawmakers at the ongoing annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), in discussion of topics ranging from regional development to work style.

In a panel discussion with NPC deputies from Jiangxi Province, Li asked the eastern province to play a key role in building new economic belts and to blaze a new trail in economic upgrading.

He required that local authorities should promote green development and boost industries toward a level of higher quality and with greater efficiency.

Li also called for new developments in improving people’s well-being and urged more support to old revolutionary base areas.

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, joined a panel discussion with lawmakers from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Zhang stressed the role of the rule of law in promoting the modernization of state governance, and pledged to improve the quality of legislation in the work of people’s congresses.

In a discussion with lawmakers from Chongqing Municipality, Liu Yunshan, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, stressed the need to further improve the Party’s work style.

Improving work style should be centered around tasks of reform and development, Liu said, calling for Party members and cadres to have a greater sense of duty in deepening reform and overcoming difficulties.

Wang Qishan, another member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, called for establishing an effective anti-corruption mechanism when taking part in discussion with lawmakers from Shaanxi Province.

In a panel discussion with lawmakers from Hainan Province, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli called for improving the development of the modern service industry, especially the tourism industry, and building the province into an international tourist destination.

He also urged local authorities to develop the marine economy, protect the marine ecological environment and resolutely safeguard maritime rights and interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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