Chinese President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, inspects poverty alleviation work in a tea farm of Laoxian Township, Pingli County of Ankang, Shaanxi Province in northwest China, on April 21, 2020. Xi visited Shaanxi Province on an inspection tour from April 20 to 23, 2020. (XINHUA)
The CPC leadership is China’s biggest political strength in its poverty elimination effort. The five levels refer to the Party committees of provinces, cities (prefectures), counties and townships, and the Party branches of villages. For Party secretaries at these five levels, poverty elimination is a serious political task that they must take on the responsibility to fulfill.
The CPC Central Committee has decided that in places with challenging poverty elimination work, the heads of provincial-level Party committees and governments will assume overall responsibility and sign written pledges to the central leadership, and they and their subordinates at all levels will be responsible for poverty alleviation under their jurisdiction.
Poor people and poor regions will play a key role in poverty elimination. In addition to assistance from the CPC, the government and other social sectors, they need to rely on themselves. They must be inculcated with an internal drive to better themselves.
Xi Jinping emphasizes giving top priority to the rural revitalization strategy, and having Party secretaries at five levels take charge of the implementation. The vision is to promote the overall upgrading of agriculture and progress of rural areas and farmers through developing economic activities, cultural progress, and eco-environmental conservation.