Spring Festival EditionBy David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Brock Erdahl, James Gannon, Ann Listerud, and Sandy Lu
Li Keqiang: Strive to Push Forward Reform and Development, Work Hard to Solve Problems with the People’s Livelihood, and Improve the Lives of People from Every Ethnic Group
2.1-2.2 Politburo Standing Committee member Li Keqiang visited Ulaanchab, Inner Mongolia, for an inspection tour. While visiting the city, Li spoke about the difficulties facing residents, including food prices, employment, and underdevelopment.
Li stated that there are good prospects for potato cultivation and for the role it can play in alleviating poverty. After hearing that rising beef and mutton prices have reduced sales at the local farmer’s market, Li spoke of the importance of ensuring that income growth outpaces price increases.
Upon finding out that some train rides last as long as 30 hours or more, Li said that "we must continue to develop high spee…