Premier stresses need to end poverty
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has stressed efforts to eradicate poverty and improve people’s well-being during an inspection in the northeastern Jilin Province ahead of the Spring Festival.
Li made an inspection tour in Zhenlai County in the city of Baicheng on Monday and yesterday and extended Lunar New Year greetings to residents. He acknowledged progress in social and economic development that has been made in Jilin, calling for more work to be done to revitalize the northeastern rust belt.
When visiting a disadvantaged village, Li talked with rural residents and encouraged them to seek more ways to increase incomes, while demanding authorities to take more targeted poverty relief measures.
E-commerce can make farmers’ lives and work more convenient, and better tap the growth potential of consumption, he said.
Li also visited a shanty town that is due to be renovated, and demanded adequate aid for those living in difficulty.
He met migrant workers at a bus station and talked with sanitation workers on the street.
Chinese leaders have made it a tradition to visit ordinary people across the country ahead of the Spring Festival, the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar.
The festival falls on Friday this year.