Senior Chinese leader Jia Qinglin has called for concerted efforts to maintain stability, strengthen national unity and promote social harmony during a trip to the southwestern province of Yunnan.
Jia, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visited enterprises, urban communities, villages, border areas and monasteries in Yunnan from May 19 to 22, discussing political and economic issues with local people from all walks of life.
Jia said seeking progress while maintaining stability is the theme for this year's work. He called for improving policies favorable to agriculture, rural areas and farmers, and promoting industrial restructuring.
Jia, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, also asked local authorities to enhance poverty alleviation efforts in ethnic minority areas and respect the religions of ethnic minorities.