Youth hailed for key role in rural areas

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping has hailed students at China Agricultural University for their endeavors on the front line of agricultural production, and said they displayed a spirit that all Chinese youth should have in the new era.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks in a reply letter to students taking part in a program that enables them to apply their academic knowledge to solving problems in agricultural and rural development through working alongside farmers.
In the letter, published on Wednesday, one day ahead of Youth Day on May 4, Xi encouraged the students at the Beijing-based university to make greater contributions to rural vitalization. He also extended his festive greetings to young people across the country.
Xi said he was glad to know that the students, who are participating in a program known as the Science and Technology Backyard, have been highly involved in agricultural production and rural areas, helped to improve the well-being of farmers, and strengthened their academic expertise.
He spoke highly of the views expressed by the students in their letter that they had learned to seek truth from facts and maintain close ties with the people only when they went deep into China’s rural areas, and that young people must seek personal development from hardships.
–The Daily Mail-China Daily news exchange item