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China's Xi urges implementation of reforms

Xinhua 2016-02-24 16:15

  BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered officials at all levels to implement reform measures and address lingering problems to ensure the reform drive is successful.

  He made the remarks while presiding over the 21st meeting of the Central Leading Group for Overall Reform.

  Xi, head of the group, said reform concerns all regions and departments.

  Officials must play their part as "promoters and people of action," he said, urging them to focus on key problems and take precise measures to solve them.

  The meeting was also attended by Li Keqiang, Liu Yunshan and Zhang Gaoli, members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and deputy heads of the group.

  Since 2013, China has rolled out reform measures of unprecedented amount and strength. Now it is a pressing job to implement these reforms, according to a statement released after the meeting.

  "Overall, the implementation of the reforms is good," it said, adding that some reforms have yielded results and some pilot operations have lead to successful experience that can be spread to other parts of the country.

  All departments should fully understand and fulfill their responsibilities, while keeping track of the entire process, it said.

  Reform that affects multiple fields or departments calls for diligence, therefore, multiple governmental organs should uphold the principles of "good timing and rhythm," the meeting was told.

  "Those that fail to do so will be held accountable," it said.

  Highlighting supervision and evaluation, the statement stressed that all departments should ensure plans are well documented, and any mistakes or deadline breaches are dealt with accordingly.

  It noted that only truly effective reform will boost social and economic development, and give the people real benefits.

  Good experience and examples should be summarized, so that they can inform other work, according to the statement.

  Officials were also urged to lead by example by arranging and supervising tasks in accordance with the requirements of the central authorities.

  Meanwhile, organs at city and county levels were urged to go deep into communities to seek public opinion, so the results of reform measures are in line with the people's expectations.

  "Party committees at all levels should [...] encourage forward thinking, praise outstanding work, but also tolerate mistakes and failures so all officials actively, voluntarily and creatively participate," it added.

  Attendees of the meeting heard reports on the implementation of reforms on ecological improvement, judicial system, the CPC's discipline inspection system, legislation to adapt to reforms, science and technology system, public security as well as reforms in Shanghai Municipality, Hubei Province, Sanming City in Fujian Province and Kaihua County in Zhejiang Province.

[Editor:zhengxiao]