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Sunday, February 03, 2019, 14:36
Premier Li calls for efforts to improve people's wellbeing
By Xinhua
Sunday, February 03, 2019, 14:36 By Xinhua

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits a poverty-stricken rural household in Shierzhou Village of Sanchakou Township in Ulanqab, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Feb 1, 2019. (YAO DAWEI / XINHUA)

BEIJING – Premier Li Keqiang has called for efforts to deepen reform and opening-up, advance economic and social development, and improve people's wellbeing.

During his inspection tour of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region from Friday to Saturday, Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visited poverty-stricken rural households in the city of Ulanqab.

Li asked relevant departments to make research on promoting potato planting as part of efforts on eliminating poverty through agricultural development.

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While visiting a farmers' market, Li learned about the price and sales of beef and mutton. 

More efforts should be made to increase residents' income to make them more willing to spend money, he said.

At a train station, Li boarded a slow train and chatted with migrant workers about whether they had received their wages on time. 

Premier Li Keqiang waves goodbye to passengers aboard a train at Jining South Railway Station in Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Feb 1, 2019. (YAO DAWEI / XINHUA)

He called for coordinated development of high-speed trains and inexpensive but slower trains to serve passengers with different demands.

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At a shanty town area, Li underscored the importance of speeding up renovations in order to make local residents live in warm and comfortable houses.

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