BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Senior leader Zhou Yongkang has urged local Communist Party of China (CPC) and government officials to improve social management in caring for children, solving social conflicts and boosting economics.
Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remark during an inspection of northwest China's Shaanxi province from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
At a boarding elementary school in the city of Weinan, Zhou visited classrooms and dormitories to inspect the living conditions of students, who were left home by their migrant worker parents.
"These children represent a special phase of social development, which is itself the result of rapid industrialization and urbanization. Party and government organizations at all levels must take good care of them and maintain a sense of responsibility to them," Zhou said.
In Xi'an, the provincial capital, Zhou visited a center that was set up one year ago to protect minors with records of serious misconduct.
The center has taken in and provided aid for more than 400 such children, winning praise from local families and communities.
Zhou encouraged the children to discard their past behavior and strive to become better people.
Zhou also visited civil conflict mediation centers, police stations and privately-owned companies during his trip.
While praising the achievements of the province in recent years, Zhou called upon local Party and government officials to make improvements to the province in order to allow it to excel in the areas of economics, education and environmental protection.