From 2014 to 2019, overall statistics show that China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has seen a positive trend in economic development and people’s livelihoods have significantly improved.
Development is the crucial foundation for the region’s long-term stability, said Chinese President Xi Jinping who called for efforts to build a socialist Xinjiang with Chinese characteristics in a new era.
Xi demanded law-based governance and long-term efforts to develop Xinjiang into a region that is united, harmonious, prosperous, and culturally advanced, with healthy ecosystems and people living and working in contentment.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the comments at the two-day third central symposium on work related to Xinjiang, which ended in Beijing on Saturday.
He stressed the need to fully implement the CPC’s policies and strategies on governing Xinjiang, which include governing in accordance with the law and maintaining stability in the region through ethnic solidarity.
Tourists visit Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwestern China, October 5, 2019. /Xinhua
Unprecedented progress in economic development
Xinjiang has made great achievements in its social and economic development and different groups of people in the region are having a stronger sense of achievement, happiness and security as their livelihoods significantly improved, Xi said.
Since the last central symposium on work related to Xinjiang, China has been strengthening support to the region both from the central government as well as other regions for helping its economic development, employment, education, healthcare and others.
Xinjiang’s gross domestic product (GDP) has increased from less than 147 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 to 205 billion U.S. dollars by 2019, with an average yearly increase of 7.2 percent.
In mid-September, China released a white paper titled “Employment and Labor Rights in Xinjiang,” which said that through proactive labor and employment policies, Xinjiang has continuously improved people’s lives and guaranteed and developed their human rights in every field.
Advance poverty eradication
The Chinese president said that poverty eradication in Xinjiang had seen remarkable achievements as by 2019, almost three million people have been lifted out of poverty in the region, roughly one-seventh of its population.
Xi stressed the need to systematically carry out prevention and control work of the pandemic and social and economic development in Xinjiang with a focus on the work of poverty eradication and employment facilitation.
The mechanism for assistance and preventing a return of poverty needs to be improved while the development vitality has to be strengthened to ensure sustainable development after poverty eradication, he added.
All these facts have proved that China’s ethnic work has turned out to be a success regarding the overall improvement of Xinjiang’s development and people’s livelihoods, Xi said, noting that the success is due to the combined results of strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee and concerted efforts of the Chinese people.
Danish Scholar: Report by U.S., Canadian Think Tanks on Xinjiang is Full of Lies
In March, the U.S. Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy and the Canadian Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights published a report on Xinjiang, fabricating lies to attack the human rights situation in the region. In response to this so-called “academic report,” European scholars have jointly published a report, noting that the Newlines institute has close ties to the U.S. government and that the identity of the experts who drafted the study is unclear.
In a recent exclusive interview with China Media Group, Danish scholar Jan Oberg, also the co-founder of The Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research (TFF), said that the data in the report released by the American and Canadian institutes were full of falsehoods and had no academic basis.
Xi Jinping Visits Relocated Nanyang Locals for China’s Mega Water Diversion Project
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday paid a visit to relocated residents for the country’s mega water diversion project on the second day of his trip in Nanyang, central China’s Henan Province.
His visit this time marks his sixth inspection around the country this year, following southern areas of Guangxi and Fujian, southwest province of Guizhou, northern province of Hebei and capital Beijing.
To quench the thirsty north
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project – the world’s largest operation of its kind – was designed to optimize the allocation of water sources of the country and quench the thirsty north. Essentially, that would require taking water from China’s longest river, the Yangtze, through the project’s eastern, middle and western routes to feed the north.
On Thursday afternoon, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, went to the county of Xichuan, where he inspected the Taocha Canal Head, the Danjiangkou Reservoir and the village of Zouzhuang.
Xi listened to updates on the construction, management and operation of the middle route of the water diversion project, and the ecological conservation of the water source region.
He also learned about the resettlement of people relocated because of the project, and measures to develop specialty industries and boost the incomes of resettled residents.
Xi told the villagers that he was concerned about their livelihoods and the whole nation should be gratitude for their sacrifice to make people along the route to drink good quality water.
According to official data released in February, over 40 billion cubic meters of water were transferred through the project’s middle and eastern routes since part of the project went into operation.
The middle route of the project – the most prominent of the three routes of the project – starts from the Danjiangkou Reservoir in central China and runs across Henan and Hebei provinces before reaching Beijing and Tianjin.
Xi also visited a villager surnamed Zou. Zou said life is getting better thanks to the leadership of the CPC.
“This year marks the 100th founding anniversary of the CPC. 100 years ago, the CPC was founded to make a good life for the people, not for its own interests,” Xi said.
“The 100-year history of our Party’s struggle is the history of working for the happiness of the people. The people are the rivers and mountains. The Party fights for and guards the rivers and mountains, all for the happiness of the people,” Xi stressed.
How Does Xi Jinping Express Gratitude And Love to his Mother?
As International Mother’s Day, an important occasion that falls on the second Sunday of May every year, will be celebrated on May 9 this year, the media started reporting moving stories about mothers and children.
Among the stories, Xi Jinping’s stands out as he is not only a son but also the president of China.
How does the president express gratitude and love to his mother? Xi’s way can be figured out when he stressed the importance of family bonds and family love and emphasized family education on many occasions.
Xi Jinping and his mother Qi Xin. /CCTV
Pass down family tradition
When President Xi delivered his first New Year address in 2013, photos placed on his bookshelves caught the online community’s attention, especially the image of him walking hand in hand with his mother.
Xi is a filial son. He chats with his mother Qi Xin, and takes a walk with her whenever he has time.
While meeting with representatives to the first National Conference of Model Families in December 2016, Xi told a story about family education. The conference was the first of its kind to honor model families selected nationwide. A total of 300 model families were honored.
“When I was a child, my mother gave me a picture-story book series－’The Legend of Yue Fei.’ One of its more than 10 volumes shows Yue Fei’s mother tattooing four characters saying ‘serve the country with the utmost loyalty’ across his back,” Xi said, adding that the story of Yue Fei, a well-known ancient military figure fighting against invasion, deeply impressed him.
Qi led a simple life, which became a tradition for the family. No matter how painstaking to take care of the family while working, she never compromised her work. Her lifestyle and the family atmosphere guided Xi’s values.
“A person who failed to be incorruptible and self-disciplined will become a person with no guts. Keep in mind that honesty is a blessing and greed is a curse while establishing a correct view of power, status, and interests,” Qi once wrote in a letter to Xi, reminding him of self-discipline. Xi has incorporated these beliefs into his ideology and governance practices.
Calling corruption the “biggest” risk to the Party’s governance, Xi has stressed there is “no alternative” but to fight corruption against all odds and called for rigorous self-discipline within the Party.
While going after corrupt officials, including both high-ranking “tigers” to lower-level “flies” on the domestic front, Beijing has also carried out such operations as “Sky Net” and “Fox Hunt” to hunt down venal officials who have fled abroad.
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