President Xi Jinping urged Hunan Province, in central China, to remain committed to reform and innovation and to adopt a realistic and pragmatic approach to write its own chapter in advancing Chinese modernization.


Xi, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during an inspection visit to the province from Monday to Thursday.


Xi urged Hunan to transform into a national center for important and advanced manufacturing industries and a scientific, technological, and innovation center with core competitiveness, while continuing to be a pioneer in the reform and opening up of China's inland regions.


On Monday, Xi inspected Hunan Normal University in Changsha city, where he visited an exhibition about Mao Zedong in his youth and talked with students and teachers. Xi emphasized the role of schools in fostering virtue among students and guiding them to serve the country.


Later, Xi inspected a Sino-German joint venture for battery materials. He said that scientific and technological innovation and high-quality development are key to the growth and success of enterprises.


He said that China will continue to open its doors wider to the world and welcome more foreign companies to invest and develop in China.


On Tuesday, Xi visited a cultural street in Changde city, where he highlighted that the diverse traditional cultures of the country with local characteristics constitute a splendid Chinese civilization.


Hunan is one of China's 13 major grain-producing provinces. While visiting a village in Changde, Xi noted that as China has a population of over 1.4 billion, the country must ensure its own food security. He emphasized the importance of increasing grain production and quality. He also called for efforts to enable farmers to become prosperous through cereal production.


Upon leaving the village, Xi pointed out that the Party leadership will adopt solid and effective policies and measures to turn the rural revitalization plan into reality.


On Thursday, after hearing provincial Party and government officials report on their work, Xi acknowledged Hunan's efforts.


He called for strengthening the leading position of enterprises in scientific and technological innovation and promoting deeper integration of innovation chains, industries, capital, and human resources. He also called for advancing research on important technologies and equipment and the development of advanced manufacturing.


Regarding deepening reform, Xi said that the focus should be on solving problems that hinder the promotion of a new development pattern and high-quality development. He noted that reforms should provide momentum and vitality to economic and social development.


Xi also called for Hunan to deeply engage in Belt and Road cooperation, develop the high-standard pilot free trade zone well, and strive to build a pilot zone for deepening China-Africa economic and trade cooperation.


According to Xi, Hunan should take responsibility for safeguarding national food security and accelerate advances in key technology areas, such as the seed industry and agricultural machinery.


He also called for the province to promote the deep integration of culture and tourism and strengthen Party building.


Cai Qi, member of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Political Bureau Standing Committee and Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, accompanied Xi on the inspection trip.


On Wednesday, Xi met with military officers from troops stationed in Changsha.


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