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Younger generation helps lift residents out of poverty in China's Guangxi

(Xinhua)    13:59, October 25, 2019

(FOCUS) CHINA-GUANGXI-RONG'AN-POVERTY ALLEVIATION-YOUNGER GENERATION (CN)

Combo photo shows 27-year-old Zhang Qing posing for a picture in Si'an Village, where he works as the Party chief (main image in the layout); and Zhang performing his duties in Si'an Village (smaller images in the right-side column), in Banlan Township of Rong'an County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 20, 2019. It's been more than a year since Zhang came to work in Si'an Village. He and his co-workers have helped 100 households in the village get rid of poverty by planting kumquats and cedar trees. Hemmed in a mountainous area where stony desertification holds sway, Rong'an County in southwest China has been struggling against dire poverty that is aggravated by population aging and loss of labour force. In the past years, many from the post-1990s generation have played active roles at the forefront of local poverty alleviation campaigns. Embracing a range of professions, the younger generation working in Rong'an helps pour renewed vigour to a county eager to throw off the shackles of destitution. Statistics show that the county's poverty rate dropped to 3.03 percent in 2018, down from 23.68 percent two years ago. Some 47,500 residents in the county have been lifted out of poverty during the same period. At the moment, 6,761 residents are still in need of help before they overcome poverty. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)


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