China Eyes Progress Against Major Risks, Poverty, Pollution in 2018

(Xinhua News Agency, Dec. 8, 2017. Complete text:) Beijing - China will seek solid progress on preventing major risks, and on targeted poverty alleviation and pollution control in 2018, according to the central authorities Friday [Dec. 8].

An overall plan should be made to "ensure the winning of the three tough battles," said a document released after a Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee meeting.

The meeting, which focused on analyzing and studying the economic work in 2018, was chaired by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

"China should contain the overall leverage ratio and raise the financial sector’s capability of serving the real economy to prevent and defuse major risks," it said.

The document outlined details on several key areas.

For targeted poverty relief, the country must provide precise support for special impoverished groups, and intensify efforts in regions of abject poverty.

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Efforts should be made to help impoverished people increase confidence in their ability to lift themselves out of poverty and ensure they can access the education they need.

For pollution control, the country should continue to reduce the emission of major pollutants to improve environment quality.

The document said the country would adhere to "seeking progress while maintaining stability" as the underlying principle of the work.

"Pushing for high-quality development is the fundamental requirement for determining the development path, making economic policies and conducting macro-economic regulation at present and in a period to come," the document said.

In 2018, China will also strive for marked results in major tasks, including deepening supply-side structural reform, accelerating housing system reform and forming a housing mechanism with lasting effects, and providing more quality ecological products, according to the document.

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