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Xi urges government to work toward eliminating poverty by 2020

By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online)    13:47, June 19, 2017
Xi urges government to work toward eliminating poverty by 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks in a meeting on poverty relief in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the government to overcome difficulties and promote targeted measures for poverty alleviation while hosting the 39th group study of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

The goals of the plan include lifting impoverished populations and poverty-stricken counties out of poverty and solving the issue of regional poverty by 2020. The plan will help to mold China into a moderately prosperous society, and also serves as a solemn commitment made by the CPC.

To eliminate poverty, improve people’s livelihoods and achieve common prosperity is the nature of socialism and an important task of the CPC. China has lifted 700 million people in rural areas out of poverty since the reform and opening, making great achievements that have been witnessed by the entire world.

Currently, the country is at a crucial stage of poverty alleviation, with large impoverished populations in some central and western provinces. This situation leads to higher costs and more obstacles for poverty relief, which means that it is a heavy task to achieve the goal of lifting 70 million people out of poverty by 2020.

China has increased its efforts to fight poverty in recent years. The country's impoverished population was reduced by 14.42 million in 2015 and 12.40 million in 2016. According to a blue paper on poverty reduction issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development last December, the impoverished rural population was reduced by 92.8 percent between 1978 and 2015. This amounts to lifting 710 million people out of poverty.

China’s extraordinary achievement has also catalyzed global poverty reduction. The number of people lifted out of poverty in China accounted for 71.82 percent of the world’s total, topping the global ranking. The World Bank has lauded China as a role model for other countries in terms of poverty reduction.

Targeted measures and the application of big data are the essence of China's poverty alleviation campaign. Under the new normal of economic development, technological innovation has offered new approaches for poverty relief that cover nearly every task involved in the process. Targeted measures such as employment transfers, industrial development, relocation and education promote the cause with precision and efficacy.

By 2020, China has pledged to guarantee basic staples for its impoverished rural population, including food and clothing, education, basic medical care and housing. In addition, the growth of disposable income per capita in rural areas will surpass the national average, with the main index of basic public services reaching the national average.

The country will make sure that all impoverished people are lifted out of poverty by 2020; this is a task that must be completed as quickly and as soon as possible. 

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