Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said the 13th five-year plan period (2016-2020) will be crucial to China, and governments at all levels should foresee the major trends and plan economic and social development well.
Xi made the remarks when meeting with leading officials from six east China provinces and one municipality, namely, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong and Zhejiang and Shanghai.
This is the last year of the 12th five-year plan and the central government is currently considering guidelines and policy measures for the 13th plan.
The world economic environment is still complicated with interwoven opportunities and challenges, while both the times and the trends are favorable for China, there are still key strategic opportunities for China's development, said Xi who is also the general secretary of the ruling Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.
China's development prospects are broad, but the country is facing many difficulties and challenges, as well as a tough restructuring of the economy, transformation of growth mode and the need to boost innovations, he said.
While mapping out the 13th five-year plan, governments at all levels should face risks and challenges soberly, with better evaluation of difficulties and complexities, Xi said.
During the period, breakthroughs should be maintained to achieve economic growth, transform the growth mode, optimize industrial structure, promote innovations, step up agricultural modernization, reform institutional mechanisms, boost coordinated growth, strengthen ecological progresses, safeguard people's living quality and improve support for the poor, Xi stressed.
With the changing growth mode and improving quality and efficiency as the center, the economic growth should be promoted by consumption, investment and exports instead of only by investment and exports. China will shift from relying on secondary industries alone to relying on the primary, secondary and tertiary industries, turning away from resource consumption and toward technological progress through innovations, he said.
Industrial structure is key to economic competitiveness. Traditional sectors should be transformed efficiently. Informatization and industrialization should be integrated, he said.
Among industrialization, informatization, urbanization and agricultural modernization, the weakest link is agriculture. More needs to be done to transform agricultural development and speed up agricultural technology innovations, Xi said.
Reform is the ultimate power to cultivate and release market energy and boost sustainable and healthy growth of the economy and society, he said.
Coordinated regional growth and green development must be carried out fully. People's quality of life is the be-all and end-all of economic growth and more should be done to tackle problems in education, employment, incomes, social security, healthcare and food safety, the president stressed.
Xi was on an inspection tour from Monday to Wednesday in Zhejiang, where he was Party chief from 2002 to 2007.
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