President Xi Jinping highlighted the importance of high-quality economic growth and poverty reduction while talking with lawmakers in Beijing on Monday.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remark while attending a panel discussion with deputies to the National People's Congress from the Inner Mongolia autonomous region. In January, Xi was elected deputy to the NPC by a unanimous vote in Inner Mongolia.
Xi said that by representing Inner Mongolia as a deputy from the region, he demonstrated the great attention that the CPC Central Committee plastic braceletspays to ethnic minority and border region affairs and the CPC Central Committee's firm resolve to reduce poverty.
The emphasis in China's economy has been changed from the previous era of high-speed growth to one of high-quality growth, with great changes taking place in the economy, such as upgrading of the people's consumption patterns, Xi said.
Xi told the lawmakers from coal-rich Inner Mongolia that if they don't change their development philosophy, the opportunities for economic growth will be missed.
To achieve high-quality growth, it is important to upgrade the industrial structure and build strong real economies, Xi said, adding that more effort is needed to develop new, high-end and technology-intensive industries.
Xi highlighted the importance of developing a modern-energy economy, following the global trend of an energy technology revolution, and improve the efficiency of energy consumption.
When Xi stepped into the conference room, he was presented with a blue hada, a piece of silk that is a traditional ethnic greeting gift in Inner Mongolia. Xi extended Lunar New Year greetings to the 25 million people living on the grassland and wish[MG_SEO]ed them a happy life and successful career.
During the discussion, eight NPC deputies made speeches on such issues as rural revitalization, tourism, poverty alleviation, economic growth and reform of State-owned enterprises.
After hearing the speeches, Xi said that he fully supports the Government Work Report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang in the morning, which looked back at the government's work of the past five years and raised the government's goal for this year.