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China issues white paper on poverty reduction in rural areas


10:33, November 16, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government on Wednesday unveiled a white paper on its poverty reduction efforts in the past decade, highlighting achievements and challenge for China to bring common prosperity to its more than 1.3 billion people.

The white paper, titled New Progress in Development-oriented Poverty Reduction Program for Rural China, was released by the State Council Information Office.

The white paper introduces China's policies, achievements, special programs, social involvement and international cooperation in the fight against poverty.

It was the Chinese government's second white paper on poverty reduction after it issued the first edition of such document in 2001.

The white paper says the mission to reduce poverty is particularly difficult in China given the size of the poor population in its rural areas.

According to the white paper, China's poverty-stricken rural population fell from 94.22 million at the end of 2000 to 26.88 million at the end of 2010, an equivalent to lifting the entire population of France out of poverty in the past decade.

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