President Xi Jinping has encouraged residents of a mountainous township in Fujian provi

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Xi, who also is general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Co 上海419

mmission, made the remark in a letter replying to residents of the township of Xiadang, in the province’s Shou­ning county.

 上海419In a letter to Xi, the villagers wrote they had shaken off poverty and e

xpressed their gratitude to the CPC Central Committee and the general secretary.

Xi’s letter, published on Tuesday, recalled the three arduous

journeys he made to the township, saying he still has vivid memories of the area. 上海419品茶微信

Xi worked in Fujian between 1985 and 2002. He made his first trip to the township to lea

rn about poverty alleviation and provide instructions on the work on July 19, 1989, when he was Par

ty secretary of Ningde. The township was once among the most remote and poorest areas in Ningde. 上海419

It took him a three-hour car ride and a two-hour walk in scorching sum

mer heat to reach the township, which had no paved roads at the time, according to

Xinhua News Agency. He made another two trips to township, later that year and in 1996. 上海419品茶微信

Xi expressed his delight after learning that the township had shaken off poverty, and he offered hearty congratulations to villagers.

After 30 years of unremitting efforts, Xiadang has shifted from being almost inaccessible to being easily reached and has 上海419

been transformed inside and out, with residents having an increasing sense of gains and happiness, Xi said.

It has been a vivid example of the truth of such sayings as, “A slow sp

 上海419品茶微信arrow should make an early start” and “Little strokes fell great oaks”, he said.

Xi said he hopes the villagers will forge ahead with a persistent spirit, enhance their confi

dence and make sustained and arduous efforts to consolidate the outcomes of poverty reduction.

He also encouraged them to explore a path of rural vitalization with the characteristics of eastern Fujian during the process. 上海419品茶微信

The letter to Xi was written by six Party members on behalf of all villagers in the township.

Xinhua contributed to this story.

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