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Jia calls for greater ethnics development
2006/04/29
 
Jia Qinglin (2nd L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), speaks at a meeting with provincial-level officials on Friday, April 28, 2006.  (Xinhua Photo)
 BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese official called Friday for accelerated development of minority ethnic groups and their regions.

    Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said at a meeting with provincial-level officials that promoting development was the top priority in ethnic issues.

    It had an important bearing on national unity, economic growth and social stability, Jia said.

    He pledged the central government would help minority regions to develop, reduce poverty, invest more in social development -- education and public health in particular -- and give more supportto smaller ethnic groups.

    Disputes and contradictions concerning ethnic minorities must be properly handled according to law to consolidate unity of all ethnic groups.

    He stressed that the Communist Party leadership should be strengthened and ethnic issues should be put at the top of the Party's agenda. Enditem

Editor: Yan Zhonghua
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