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China to improve rural infrastructure amid rural revitalization drive

Updated: Mar 5,2018 3:29 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China will promote infrastructure construction as one of the measures for rural revitalization, according to a government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang on March 5 in Beijing.

The country will improve the infrastructure for supplying water, power, and information, and build or upgrade 200,000 kilometers of rural roads, Premier Li said at the opening meeting of the annual parliamentary session.

The government will take steady steps in carrying out a three-year campaign to improve rural living environments, and continue the Toilet Revolution, he said.

Other moves in the rural revitalization strategy include advancing supply-side structural reform in agriculture and deepening rural reforms.

China will extend the second round of rural land contracts by another 30 years upon their expiration, the Premier said, stressing the role of reform and innovation in building powerful new growth drivers for rural development.

A budget report of the Ministry of Finance, also released on March 5, said measures to support rural revitalization will include improving the agricultural subsidy system, deepening the reform of grain pricing mechanisms, and supporting innovations in agricultural science and technology.