Xi Jinping wants greater poverty-alleviation efforts

Beijing, Dec 30 (IANS) Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, undertaking a weekend tour to impoverished villages in north China, has asked authorities to escalate poverty-alleviation efforts.

On Sunday morning, braving snowy and chilly weather, Xi, who is all set to replace Hu Jintao as China's president in 2013, visited farmer homes at Luotuowan and Gujiatai villages in Hebei province, Xinhua reported.

While interacting with villagers, Xi gave special attention to difficulties in their daily life, such as to the problems concerning income, food, education and medical care.

Xi told officials to always bear in mind the impoverished people and work wholeheartedly to help them.

Local Party and government authorities should place the mission of helping people out of poverty in more important position, he said.