China vows to ensure steady economic, social progress amid long-term epidemic control
China will continue to do a solid job in ensuring stable economic progress, building a well-off society in an all-round way and winning the decisive battle against poverty amid the epidemic control for the medium and long term, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.
The country will strive to make up for the losses caused by the epidemic and continue to improve people's livelihoods, Xi said at an award ceremony for commending role models in the country's fight against the COVID-19 epidemic at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
In the face of the sudden and severe epidemic, China has made timely plans for epidemic control, coordinated the orderly resumption of work and production, and protected people's work and lives, Xi said.
China leads the world in epidemic control
China has refined the coordination mechanism for stable performance on six key fronts, namely stability in employment, finance, foreign trade, foreign investment, domestic investment and market expectations.
It has also concentrated on ensuring security in six key areas: job security, basic living needs, operation of market entities, food and energy security, stable industrial and supply chains and the normal functioning of local governments.
It has promoted the development of new business models and the orderly recovery of various industries such as transportation, catering, retail, culture and tourism. The country has implemented a package of policies to support the recovery of Hubei Province as well.
The country has made stronger efforts to advance poverty alleviation, support industries committed to poverty alleviation, help poor laborers find employment and address poverty caused by the epidemic, Xi said.
China has become the first major economy to resume growth since the epidemic began, and it has led the world in terms of epidemic control and economic recovery, demonstrating its economic resilience and vitality.
Under tremendous pressure from domestic epidemic control, the country has done its best to provide assistance to the international community, Xi stressed.
China has provided 50 million U.S. dollars in cash assistance to the World Health Organization, sent 34 medical expert teams to 32 countries, provided 283 batches of assistance for 150 countries and four international organizations, and exported epidemic prevention materials to more than 200 countries and regions.
The country exported a total of 151.5 billion masks, 1.4 billion pieces of protective clothing, 230 million goggles, 209,000 ventilators, 470 million test kits, and 80.14 million infrared thermometers between March 15 and September 6 to support the global pandemic control efforts.
Solid national strength is the foundation
Xi pointed out that the solid national strength accumulated since the founding of the People's Republic of China is why the country could weather through the storms.
To be specific, its long-term accumulation of materials, an established and complete industrial system, existing strong scientific and technological strength and abundant medical resources have provided strong support for epidemic control.
The country will continue to ensure stability on the six fronts and security in the six areas, and help people solve difficulties in employment, income, education, social insurance, medical insurance and housing, Xi said.
China will adhere to the supply-side structural reform and the deepening of reform and opening-up, expand domestic demand, protect and stimulate the vitality of market players, ensure the implementation of macroeconomic policies, and improve the stability and competitiveness of the industrial and supply chains, Xi added.