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refore, giving rural children a good education is an important task in poverty relief, and
also a crucial means to stop poverty from being passed on between generations,” he said.
“The poor regions are the bottleneck in building a moderately prosperous society by 2020,” Xi wrote.
While talking with students and teachers at a primary school in Zhongyi, a towns
hip in Chongqing’s Shizhu Tujia autonomous county, in April, Xi
said compulsory education is an important part of poverty eradication.
Children in impoverished mountainous regions must be guaranteed access to education, an
d they should have a happy childhood, Xi said during his visit to Chongqing. He encouraged teachers to sett
le down in such regions, dedicate themselves to education in rural areas and contribute to poverty reduction.
ciple. So every country has important principles, and we absolutely c
annot make concessions on such issues of principle,” the vice-premier said.
Liu, however, added that he hoped both sides would exhibit flexibility in the talks.
He refuted the criticism of the US side that China reneged on its promises in the draft trade text.
“We believe that it is only natural to have changes before a final deal; it is something that surely occurs in the process, so we
don’t think the Chinese side has back-walked,” he said, adding that he disagreed with the wording of “renege”.
“We just had differing views on how to phrase some things in t
he text, and we hope to resolve it, so it’s unnecessary to overreact to the issue,” he said.