Instead of visiting the displaced flood victims, the Chinse Communist Party (CCP) supreme leader inspects farmland in the northeastern part of China. The CCP has planned to have 15 million people return to their home villages in the next five years to upgrade China’s agricultural economic structure, a move widely believed to be a preparation for decoupling with the US.
While facing the “worst” situation of Sino-US confrontation, especially when the United States suddenly announced on July 21 that it required the Chinese Consulate in Houston to close within 72 hours, the CCP is making prudent arrangements.
From July 22 to 23, after communicating with the business community, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCP) and Chinese President, turned to Jilin Province in China to inspect rural reforms and cornfields. It may seem like a stroll in a courtyard without tension. But in fact, this is a signal that the CCP has launched a comprehensive response under a calm surface
As a matter of fact, as early as July 16, the CCP has already issued a notice called “China Rural Industrial Development Plan (2020-2025)”. In this plan, the CCP will accelerate the country’s rural land and rural collectivization. The reform and modernization of agriculture are expected to take five years to complete, which involves finding employment in rural areas for nearly 15 million homebound migrant workers.
In a similar situation during the 2008 financial crisis that originated in the United States, a sudden cessation of world trade had a huge impact on China’s economic and financial system, forcing 17 million unemployed to return to their hometowns. In order to deal with the forced Sino-US “decoupling”, the CCP is preparing for both the worst and the best scenarios.
In the next five years, the CCP will take the ‘opportunity” of 15 million people’s return to their hometowns to upgrade China’s agricultural economic structure. The reason why Xi Jinping rushed to inspect the progress of China’s rural reforms during the most sensitive time of the Sino-US confrontation was actually to send a signal of the CCP’s readiness.
Inspection trip to Siping
On Wednesday, during his inspection trip to Siping in Jilin, Xi underlined the importance of adopting effective measures to protect the fertile black soil of Northeast China, saying that it should be cared for as if it were the “panda of farmlands”.
Xi noted that the black-soil fields of the northeastern region, which are capable of producing high agricultural yields, face problems of declining fertility.
Northeast China is one of the country’s most important grain production areas.
He visited a demonstration zone for green food production in Siping before checking the growth of corn crops and the cultivation of black soil areas.
Also on Wednesday, Xi visited the memorial hall for the Siping battle of the Chinese People’s War of Liberation (1946-49).
Xi recalled the arduous journey of the Chinese revolution, saying that it was the lives of revolutionary martyrs that ensured the revolution’s success.
“We must keep firmly in mind that New China did not come easily,” he said.