BEIJING: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday 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 from Monday to Tuesday and extended Lunar New Year greetings to the local residents.
The premier acknowledged the 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.
In his visit to 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 visited a shantytown which is expected to be renovated and demanded adequate aid to those living in difficulty. He also 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 Spring Festival, the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar.
The festival falls on February 16 this year.