President Xi Jinping visited northwestern China’s Xinjiang province this week to show his support for provincial party chief Zhang Chunxian and his management style, while seeking to get a closer look at the restive region, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing an expert on the region.
Through his visit, Xi has shown his full support to Zhang’s style of respecting ethnic traditions and attaching great importance to the grassroots, Jiang Zhaoyong, a Beijing-based Xinjiang expert, was quoted as saying.
Zhang, who was appointed to the post in 2010, has required local party cadres to live in the countryside and work with the grassroots, Jiang said. The local party chief has also rolled out a series of measures benefiting the public, such as an across-the-board hike in the minimum living allowance.
State-owned enterprises have been encouraged to register and pay taxes promptly to boost local government coffers, Jiang added.
Xi began his visit to Xinjiang on Sunday, his first inspection tour after the plenary sessions of the country’s top legislative and consultative bodies in March, visiting the local army headquarters as well as the countryside in the southern part of the province, according to the report.
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