HEADLINE China prioritizes rural issues at annual advisory session


China prioritizes rural issues at annual advisory session

By Bai Yuanqi | People's Daily app

22:10, March 02, 2018


Wang Guoqing. (Photo: People's Daily)

Agriculture, rural development and farmers are among the top 10 topics of this year's political advisory session, said Wang Guoqing, spokesman of the first session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

CPPCC members will discuss issues revolving around the relief for the deeply-impoverished areas and the training of talents who are expert at agriculture and devoted to rural career, said Wang. 


An expert shows villagers planting skills.

The government prioritizes rural issues, so for the past 15 years, they were the sole focus of the first policy document it released each year.

The first policy document, dubbed to as the "No.1 Central Document," aims at protecting farmers' land rights in rural development efforts and the urbanization process.

Over the last four decades, perpetual reforms have brought about tremendous changes to rural areas, which are beset with problems such as an exodus of talented people to cities, emptying rural industries, said Wang.


Rural roads.

Last October, China devised a rural revitalization strategy, a part of China's overall strategy to build a prosperous and strong country, in the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The strategy is designed to help rural residents lead a better life, and primarily includes five dimensions: thriving businesses, pleasant living environments, social etiquette and civility, effective governance and prosperity.

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