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Broadening pathway to rural revitalization

Author  :  TANG HONGLI     Source  :    Chinese Social Sciences Today     2018-09-09

From Aug. 24 to 26, an academic symposium was jointly held by China Executive Leadership Academy, Jinggangshan (CELAJ) and China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC) in Jinggangshan, Jiangxi Province. Over 50 experts and scholars gathered in the cradle of the modern Chinese revolution to discuss strategies for rural revitalization.

China’s urban and rural development is unbalanced, exemplified by large gaps in income and infrastructure, as well as uneven distribution of education and healthcare resources. The development of agriculture and rural areas has generally lagged behind—a constraint to the overall healthy development of Chinese economy and society.

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China raised a general goal for implementing the rural revitalization strategy: building rural areas with thriving businesses, pleasant living environments, social civility, effective governance, and prosperity. The strategy was set to be put into effect this year.

According to Wang Pingsheng, vice chairman of CUPC, the rural revitalization strategy was put forward in line with national conditions and proper timing. The rural revitalization strategy has become part of the national basic development strategies, which also include strengthening the country through science and education, talent, innovation-driven development, coordinated regional development and sustainable development.

Mei Liming, executive vice president of CELAJ, said that the rural revitalization strategy builds from past experiences and plans for the future. Putting people first, it responds to people’s new expectations, which is essential to solving real-world problems concerning the “three rural issues”—agriculture, rural areas and rural people.

Zhang Yongshun, vice president of CUPC, said that implementing the rural revitalization strategy doesn’t conflict with promoting urbanization; instead, rural revitalization and new urbanization are complementary. Rural revitalization can help increase farmers’ income, expand the rural consumption market and boost related industries in urban areas. New urbanization can provide technological progress for rural development, advance the transformation and upgrading of rural industries and establish a new system of modern agriculture and specialized agricultural services.

 

 

 

(Edited and translated by Shao Yijia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor: Yu Hui

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