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Xi's Sichuan tour a big push for poverty alleviation
February 14,2018   By:Xinhua
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Feb.14,2018--President Xi Jinping, tries cooking fried pork at a restaurant in Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, Sichuan province on Monday. Xi said illiteracy and other obstacles will be thwarted by education and cleanliness. Ju Peng/Xinhua

Feb.14,2018--While tens of millions of Chinese are heading home for the Lunar New Year holiday, President Xi Jinping is visiting the homes of villagers in southwest China's Sichuan Province about 2,000 km from Beijing.

The message is clear: On the nation's way to building a "moderately prosperous society" by 2020, not a single family or individual should be left behind.

During his Sichuan tour, Xi, wearing a thick green coat, paid a visit to families of the Yi ethnic group living in a mountainous area and discussed poverty alleviation with local officials and villagers. He went to Zhanqi Village in suburban Chengdu City to see their achievements in using the Internet to help sell local products. He also observed the changes that have taken place over the past 10 years in Yingxiu, Wenchuan County, the epicenter of the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 80,000 people on May 12, 2008.

The week-long Lunar New Year holiday, starting on Thursday, is the most important in the Chinese calendar. It is a time when millions of families get together and make wishes for the future. Xi's tour has sent a strong signal about the leadership's signature policy and has come as a big push for efforts to eliminate poverty, a "ghost" that has lingered over the nation for thousands of years.

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