Xi stresses nation’s self-reliance

President Xi Jinping talks with workers at a State-owned farm in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang province, on Tuesday, the first day of his inspection visit to the province. He had detailed talks with farmworkers and managers on production and management. [Photo/Xinhua]

Food security, manufacturing called key areas

President Xi Jinping underlined the importance of self-reliance in food security, the real economy and manufacturing on Wednesday as the country faces rising unilateralism and trade protectionism internationally.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said during a field inspection to Heilongjiang province that unilateralism and trade protectionism are forcing China to take a path of self-reliance, which, he said, “is not a bad thing”.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to gain access to leading technologies and key technologies internationally, and China will ultimately rely on itself, Xi said.

As a major country of close to 1.4 billion people and with an area of 9.6 million square kilometers, China should rely on itself in key areas, he said.