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President Xi stresses poverty elimination, party building

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02-17-2015 12:27 BJT

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President Xi Jinping has been on a domestic inspection tour in northwest China's Shaanxi province ahead of the Spring Festival holiday. During his three-day visit, Xi Jinping extended his festival greetings to locals and people across the nation. He also called on local authorities to accelerate poverty elimination efforts, and to strengthen party-building work. Wei Jie has the story.

A homecoming visit to start off President Xi Jinping's Shaanxi tour. It was in 1969, when 16-year-old Xi Jinping first arrived in this village deep in the mountains.

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping (C), also chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits people in Liangjiahe Village, Wen

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping (C), also chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits people in Liangjiahe Village, Wen'anyi Township of Yanchuan County, Yan'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Feb. 13, 2015. Xi made a tour in Shaanxi on Feb. 13 - 16, and extended festival greetings to locals and people across the nation ahead of the Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 19. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

"Liangjiahe village was the first step of my life. I stayed here for 7 years, from 1969 to 1975. But when I left, I left my heart. Since then, I have told myself if I have the opportunity, I want to do something useful for our villagers," Xi said.

Xi Jinping said he could never forget Liangjiahe and its people, nor the people of old revolutionary base areas. At the top of his tour agenda is eradicating poverty. Despite being the world's second largest economy, China still has 92 million people living in poverty. 

The president pledged to improve local's standard of living, when he presided over talks on poverty alleviation in the Shaan-Gan-Ning revolutionary base area.

He said this base is the root of the party and the people's army, and people should learn from the lessons and strengths of the revolution. 

If China wants to build a prosperous society, it must include the revolutionary base. Yan'an was the most important cradle of the Chinese revolution. 

During his stay in the city, Xi Jinping visited a key party venue - Yangjialing - and called on the party members to implement comprehensive reform and strictly administer the rule of law. 

Traveling next to Tonchuan city, Xi Jinping presented wreaths at a revolutionary monument. Tongchuan is where notable revolutionary figures such as Liu Zhidan, Xie Zichang, Xi Zhongxun worked under extremely arduous circumstances.  

The Chinese president also delivered his New Year greetings to a community in Xi'an.

"I came here to see everybody. The Spring festival is approaching, I wish you a happy new year in advance. I have learned that you live in a good community. I wish you a happy life. I wish every family, every child, everyone all the best," Xi said.

Xi Jinping wrapped up his tour by listening to the Shaanxi government's work report. He urged firm implementation of the policies since the Party's 18th national congress. 

Xi said that the Communist Party of China is a party with a glorious tradition and fine style of work. And that the young generation should learn from the old to carry the traditions forward.

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping (2nd R), also chairman of the Central Military Commission, recalls his life in Liangjiahe Village while visiting the people in the village, in Wen

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping (2nd R), also chairman of the Central Military Commission, recalls his life in Liangjiahe Village while visiting the people in the village, in Wen'anyi Township of Yanchuan County, Yan'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Feb. 13, 2015. Xi made a tour in Shaanxi on Feb. 13 - 16, and extended festival greetings to locals and people across the nation ahead of the Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 19. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, presides over a seminar on shaking off poverty and becoming prosperous at China Executive Leadership Academy, Yan

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, presides over a seminar on shaking off poverty and becoming prosperous at China Executive Leadership Academy, Yan'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Feb. 13, 2015. Xi made a tour in Shaanxi on Feb. 13 - 16, and extended festival greetings to locals and people across the nation ahead of the Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 19. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping (2nd R front), also chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits people in Liangjiahe Village, Wen

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping (2nd R front), also chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits people in Liangjiahe Village, Wen'anyi Township of Yanchuan County, Yan'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Feb. 13, 2015. Xi made a tour in Shaanxi on Feb. 13 - 16, and extended festival greetings to locals and people across the nation ahead of the Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 19. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

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