China says its plan to bring modern socialism to rural areas ‘can’t afford to fail’
China has pledged its “full effort” to ensure agricultural supplies, create rural jobs and deepen import diversification, amid a heightened sense of urgency to beef up self-sufficiency and push for common prosperity.
The strong tone reflects the top leadership’s worries over geopolitical uncertainties, such as the Ukraine war and rows with the United States, and points to where Beijing’s priorities lie in terms of ensuring domestic supplies and development.
“The most arduous task during China’s endeavours to build a modern socialist country lies in the rural areas,” according to the government’s “No 1 central document” released by the official Xinhua News Agency on Monday. It is the first policy statement released by central authorities every year.
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