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Xi calls for greater reform efforts
2017/03/25

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday underlined the importance of implementation, urging leading officials to keep in mind the overall situation while pushing forward with reform.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while presiding over the 33rd meeting of the Central Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform, which he heads.

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and deputy head of the leading group, attended the meeting.

At the meeting, senior officials reported on the progress made in reforms in environmental protection, the judicial system, poverty relief, rural affairs, the Shanghai FTZ, state-owned enterprises and others.

Attendees deliberated on reports on the implementation of reforms concerning schooling in less developed areas, family doctors, the river chief system, giving rural migrant workers urban citizenship, and other issues.

Leading officials should be bold in making decisions if a reform is in line with the CPC Central Committee's requirement, the grassroots reality as well as the people's needs, attendees agreed. Those who fail to do so will be held accountable.

Leading officials must refine the implementation process to ensure results, they must improve coordination between various reforms and focus on the most important and difficult issues, according to the meeting.

The meeting approved a plan to deepen reform and opening up in Shanghai FTZ and a plan to deepen reform to the reward system in science and technology.

Noting that major progress has been made over the past three years since the opening of the Shanghai FTZ, the meeting called for further progress in trade and investment facilitation and liberalization and more institutional innovations that can be replicated.

To encourage indigenous innovations, attendees agree that the national science and technology reward system must be reformed to make it fairer and more transparent.

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