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We should combine solving people's immediate problems with promoting long-term development.

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    I interpret it as something like:

    Development should be a combination of two things: (a) the people's immediate needs (for example, food for those who cannot afford enough food for the day) and (b) projects that look forward to future needs (for example, making sure that there are enough farms to grow food for a growing population).


    There is a famous saying that goes something like this: Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day; teach him how to fish, and he will be able to eat for the rest of his life.

    "Give a man a fish" = his immediate needs.
    "Teach a man how to fish" = long-term development.

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