Senior Chinese leader stresses economic development and social harmony in ethnic minority areas

16:47, June 11, 2010      

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Senior Chinese leader Zhou Yongkang has stated the need for sound and fast economic growth as well as social harmony and stability in China's ethnic minority areas.

Zhou, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remark during an inspection tour of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Zhou urged Inner Mongolia to take the lead in economic and social development given its unique advantages.

Zhou visited a herder's family and talked with the local people. He said people's well-being in rural and pastoral areas needed to be improved. Better public services would help with this, he said.

During talks with local police and other public security organizations, Zhou called for better policing of society. He also urged organizations at grassroots levels to promote social harmony.

Taking about the economy and employment in minority areas, Zhou emphasized more should be done to develop the labor-intensive industries and create employment. Employees' legitimate interests and rights needed to be protected and incomes increased, he said.

Zhou called for better preservation of the culture of ethnic minority groups to maintain unity among different ethnic nationalities in China.

During a working forum in Hohhot, Zhou stressed the improvement of people's livelihoods as the first priority and told the local government to do more to change the economic growth pattern and promote balanced development among the different regions.

He also stressed Inner Mongolia's ecology needed to be carefully looked after and protected.



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