Xi calls for a ‘toilet revolution’

President Xi Jinping clarion call, the country to push ahead with its so-called “toilet revolution” to clean up bathrooms nationwide.

State-run China Central Television gave wide coverage to Xi’s direction on Monday.

Xi hailed the achievements of the program his administration launched 2 years ago. He said the issue must be tackled not just in tourist spots and cities but also in rural areas. He added the initiative should address shortcomings in the people’s quality of life.

State-run Xinhua News Agency says in rural areas some toilets were little more than makeshift shelters surrounded by bunches of cornstalks or open pits next to pigsties.

It notes the country has installed or upgraded 68,000 toilets and many citizens are enjoying the benefits.

President Xi, who started his second term last month, has made improving the quality of the people’s lives one of his policy objectives.

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