- The Guardian
- Issue #2004
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for all-out efforts to strengthen infrastructure construction in the country’s building of a modern infrastructure system.
Xi, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at the 11th meeting of the Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs, of which he is the head.
Infrastructure serves as a pillar for economic and social development, Xi said, urging the country to coordinate development and security, and optimise the layout, structure, functions and development models of infrastructure.
Other Chinese leaders, including Li Keqiang, Wang Huning and Han Zheng, attended the meeting.
The meeting heard reports from relevant departments on ramping up infrastructure construction and their progress on policy implementation.
While giving credit to China’s achievements in major sci-tech facilities, water conservancy projects, transport hubs, information infrastructure and national strategic reserves, the meeting deemed the country’s infrastructure still incompatible with the demand for national development and security.
Strengthening infrastructure construction in an all-round way is of great significance to ensuring national security, smoothing domestic circulation, facilitating the “dual circulation” of domestic and overseas markets, expanding domestic demand and promoting high-quality development, according to the meeting.
Toward this end, the country needs to bolster the construction of network-based infrastructure in fields such as transport, energy and water conservancy, with efforts made to improve efficiency, the meeting said.
China should improve the planning of waterways and the building of coastal and inland ports, and upgrade water transport facilities nationwide, the meeting said, while a smart grid must be developed, a series of new green, low-carbon energy bases built, and the oil and gas pipeline network should be fine-tuned.
Efforts should also go into strengthening the infrastructure construction for industrial upgrades in information, sci-tech and logistics, as well as building facilities for a new generation of supercomputing, cloud computing, AI platforms and broadband networks, said the meeting.
A host of regional, general and freight transport airports will be constructed nationwide, the meeting said, calling for efforts to promote the transport integration of urban agglomerations, build convenient and efficient intercity railway networks, and develop urban railways and urban rail transit.
The country needs to promote the modernisation of agriculture and rural areas with infrastructure modernisation, it said, also stressing the necessity to support national security infrastructure and improve the country’s capability to cope with extreme situations.
On increasing financial support for infrastructure construction, the meeting called for broadening the channels for financing and encouraged the participation of social capital in the investment and operation of urban infrastructure.
The country should also adhere to its innovation-driven strategy, putting more efforts into the research and development of core technologies to shore up the technological independence of infrastructure construction, the meeting said.
In addition, the meeting underscored the contributions made by the Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs, saying that it has profoundly studied a variety of major issues concerning the country’s fundamental and long-term development, and has played a strategically leading role.