Coordinated Social, Economic Development Stressed

President Jiang Zemin Tuesday called for nationwide efforts to promote an all-round socioeconomic development, do well in the building of material and spiritual civilization and strive for a harmonious development of town and country and among different regions so as to keep the economic development in step with the development of population, resources and environment and realize sustainable economic and social development.

"This is what the building of socialism with Chinese characteristics requires," he stressed.

Joining the group discussions of Jiangsu and Anhui provinces at the on-going session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the President said that the policies and principles have been established; the blueprint has been drawn out; and the key lies in implementation, adding that "we must lead the people in translating the spirit of the Party's 15th National Congress and the Fifth Plenary Session of the 15th Party Congress into action and strive to fulfill all the major tasks set in the Tenth Five- Year Plan.

He urged local officials to pinpoint their local advantages apart from studying the development trends of other regions, the whole country and even foreign countries in working on their own development plans.

Officials at all levels, especially those in leading positions, should improve their style of work, go deep into realities, do solid work and mobilize the people of the whole country to work for the lofty cause of socialist modernization.

(Xinhua 03/13/2001)

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