Chinese President Xi Jinping early this week inspected Northeast China’s Jilin Province.

In Lishu County in Siping City, Xi visited the demonstration zone and farmers’ cooperative at a green food raw material production base. He learned about the area’s food production, protection and utilisation of black soil, and how they are implementing large-scale agricultural mechanisation.

In 2019, Jilin’s total annual output edged up 2.45 billion kilograms to reach 38.78 billion kilograms, with the net growth leading the country by constituting 41.2 percent of its total increase.

President Xi later visited Siping Battle Memorial Hall, where he relived the history of the revolution and paid respect to the revolutionary martyrs.

Looking back, President Xi visited Jilin Province in July 2015 and September 2018, respectively.

Regional Revitalisation

In April 2016, China’s central government rolled out new measures to revitalise the northeastern region, which had been struggling with industry decline, falling investment and daunting business environment.

Reforms were carried out, with a series of supporting policies, leading to a streamlined administration and an improved business environment. During his inspection to Heilongjiang, Jilin & Liaoning provinces in 2018, Xi called for “fresh efforts” to beef up the revitalisation of Northeastern China.

To make it happen, President Xi said the region should deepen reform to tackle contradictions, inspire innovation with strong dynamism, stick to the new development philosophy, enhance the advantages of green development, deeply integrate the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and make more efforts to improve people’s livelihood.

He asked local governments to continue to support ecological construction, food production and enhance the advantages of green development. It is of vital importance to make full use of the unique resources and advantages of the northeastern region to promote the development of the local economy, he said.

Agricultural Modernisation

President Xi noted that farming modernisation and food security should be key focal areas.

In the work report delivered at the 19th CPC National Congress in 2017, he called issues related to agriculture, rural areas and farmers

“fundamental to China as they directly concern the country’s stability and our people’s well-being”

“Addressing these issues should have a central place on the work agenda of the Party, and we must prioritise the development of agriculture and rural areas,” President Xi said.

In a letter to experts, teachers and students in over 50 agricultural colleges last year, Xi said China cannot become modernised without modernising its agricultural sector and rejuvenating its rural areas, with science and technology playing a key role. He asked agricultural experts to help farmers boost agricultural productivity and technological innovation, so as to improve people’s living standards in rural China.