Secretary Yin Li met with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in Wuyishan on March 31.
Secretary Yin welcomed the delegation and gave an update on Fujian’s economic and social development as well as an introduction of the Wuyi Mountains. He said that with a long history of friendly interactions, Fujian and Singapore enjoy close people-to-people ties and a good foundation for cooperation in various fields. He outlined the areas for further cooperation, such as the Belt and Road, petrochemicals, electronics, precision machinery, digital economy, financial services, aviation, tourism, ports and logistics.
Minister Vivian Balakrishnan noted Fujian’s advantages in BRI cooperation with Singapore, and called on both sides to strengthen communication and coordination, jointly overcome the impact of Covid-19 and resume normal exchanges in various fields at an early date. Both sides reached the understanding on stepping up BRI cooperation by drawing on each other’s strengths, and working together for a deeper and broader partnership.
Singapore’s Ambassador to China Lui Tuck Yew and Vice Governor Guo Ningning also attended the meeting.
When revisiting Fuzhou where he said had spent his "best time," Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged local officials to stick to the path of ecological development.
Back in the 1990s, Xi spent six years in the provincial capital of southeast China's Fujian Province where he served as the secretary of the Communist Party of China's (CPC) municipal committee. During that period, he pushed multiple campaigns that help renovate or relocate those who live in poor housing.
For Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, the city of Fuzhou means somewhere like home. He told local residents he met in a park: "I spent the best years of my live here." Xi quoted a famous local saying, "wherever you go, you'll never leave Fuzhou," to a burst of laughter and applause.
The Chinese president envisaged building Fuzhou into an eco-friendly coastal city with beautiful landscapes when he worked there. "Now it has developed even better than what had been envisaged at that time."
The call for innovation: 'We are giving full support'
Xi also reiterated the need for innovation, a key focus of China in its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), during his visit to a local optical lens company.
"Following the pack cannot help us make remarkable progress," he told employees at Ricom Technology Co. as he urged workers to be "pioneers of innovation."
"The country will fully support your ideas."
During his visit to the company, Xi learned about the company's products and visited the workshop to see the production of precision equipment.
Xi is on a four-day inspection in the southeastern province of Fujian, his first trip after the country's most important annual political event Two Sessions.
In Fuzhou, he also visited the historical and cultural site of Sanfangqixiang, meaning "three lanes and seven alleys" in Chinese.
He learned about local efforts in urban planning and the development and protection of historical and cultural blocks.
The city of Fuzhou has set an example in cultural relics preservation. Local officials have set up the first city-level administration on protecting cultural heritage, formed archaeological teams and promoted funding for the restoration of cultural relics.
Forestry reform, reform of the medical and healthcare system, and rural revitalization were highlighted in the second day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's inspection tour in east China's Fujian Province on Tuesday.
Visiting the Shaxian District of Sanming City, Xi went to an assets and equity exchange to learn about local efforts to deepen reform of the forest tenure system and a hospital to learn about local reform of the medical and healthcare system.
He also went to a village to inspect work on promoting rural revitalization.
'Lush mountains and lucid waters are valuable assets'
In the past, Chinese farmers were excluded from collective forestry and shared few timber revenues. As a result, they lacked the incentives to protect forests, and timber theft was rampant.
To solve these problems, Fujian Province launched the reform to decentralize the collective forest tenure system in favor of individual (household) management in 2003, which is also considered the start of China's new round of forest tenure reform.
It echoed Xi's instruction to develop forestry as an industry while maintaining its ecological functions when he worked in Fujian.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the Shaxian District of Sanming City during an inspection tour of Fujian Province, east China, March 23, 2021. /Xinhua
Xi had visited Sanming City 11 times when he worked in Fujian. During a trip to the city in June 2002, when he was Fujian governor, Xi emphasized that environmental development was of paramount importance.
He said at the time that it might seem that green mountains and lucid waters are of little value, but in the long term, they are valuable assets. He also urged local officials to transform economic growth and avoid wasting resources and damaging the environment.
To carry out Xi's instructions, local authorities further explored a number of reform measures, including taking steps to encourage farmers to transfer their timberland to forest cooperatives and other operators and issuing more loans to forestry businesses to solve their financial problems.
The total output value of forestry reached 114.6 billion yuan in 2019 in Sanming. The city's forest coverage is expected to exceed 80 percent in 2020.
Xi calls for further healthcare reform
President Xi also visited a local hospital in the city of Sanming, where he called for continuous reforms in healthcare system.
Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, the life expectancy on average has improved to a level that is almost the same as that of some developed countries, Xi said. "However, development is still imbalanced."
"Health is the most important indicator of the people's happy living," he added.
Official statistics show that the country's average life expectancy stood at 77.3 years in 2019, with over 95 percent of the population covered with basic healthcare insurance.
The president urged coordination in medical resources, hoping severe diseases can be treated within respective provinces while common illnesses are addressed at the grassroots level.
"We will need to stick to our principle of putting the people and their lives first," Xi said.
Respect for people's pioneering spirit in reforms
Visiting a rural property rights transaction center in Shaxian District, Xi stressed respect for people's pioneering spirit in reforms.
A guiding philosophy for the CPC is to respect people's pioneering spirit, and the people are the real heroes, Xi said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about the reform of forest rights system at the Shaxian rural property rights transaction center in Shaxian District of Sanming City, Fujian Province, east China, March 23, 2021. /Xinhua
He recognized the active efforts made in the district on collective forest tenure reform, noting that Sanming is an important birthplace of such reforms.
Xi underlined the combination of top-level design with grassroots exploration in pushing forward reforms. For major reforms, trials should be conducted first to gain experience before such reforms are promoted, he said.
The methodology of "crossing the river by feeling the stones" is relevant for instituting reforms, and will continue to be so, he said.
Shaxian snacks and rural revitalization
President Xi has put forward ardent hopes for the development of Shaxian snacks many times, and on Tuesday, he visited the Yubang Village, which is famous for Shaxian snacks, to inspect work on promoting rural revitalization there.
Hailing from Shaxian, popular restaurant chain Shaxian Snacks is renowned for its pork wontons, peanut sauce noodles, and over 100 other local-flavor delicacies.
Starting with a single booth in a street market, the chain now has more than 88,000 chain stores in China and 62 other countries and regions, pulling in a hefty revenue exceeding 50 billion yuan ($7.6 billion).
Thus far, the Shaxian Snacks trademark has been approved by eight countries: Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, and Australia. The Shaxian Snacks stores entered 62 countries, including the U.S., Germany, and Portugal. In three hours, the first store in New York sold out and sales revenue of the first store in Tokyo reached nearly $2,000 in 5 hours. After dominating China, it's now aiming at a bigger market and a brighter future.
Organized by Fujian Provincial Foreign Affairs Office and Fujian Commerce Department, a business meeting was held between the Indonesian Embassy and Fujian enterprises on March 17. Indonesia Ambassador Djouhari Oratmangun introduced Indonesia’s marine resources and welcomed more economic cooperation with Fujian, especially in fisheries. Officials from the embassy also took questions from the 10 Fujian companies present on Indonesia’s investment environment and market demand.
In an online meeting on March 2, Vice Governor Guo Ningning and Aníbal Gaviria Correa, Governor of Antioquia, Columbia, signed a letter of intent for the establishment of sister provinces. Chinese Ambassador to Columbia Lan Hu, Columbian Ambassador to China Luis Diego Monsalve, as well as heads of relevant departments of both provinces attended the event.
In their remarks, both Vice Governor Guo and Governor Correa saw the huge potential of the partnership and identified areas for future cooperation. Both sides reached the understanding on more win-win cooperation on industries, Covid-19 response and people-to-people exchanges to deliver tangible benefits to both peoples.
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