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China aims at higher-quality poverty alleviation

(People's Daily Online)    13:34, December 13, 2019

Villagers perform folk dance at Menggen Village of Jiujing Township in Lancang Lahu Autonomous County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Dec. 4, 2018. Focusing on targeted poverty alleviation and promotion of local economic and social development, Lancang has received and invested 6.5 billion yuan (about 950 million U.S. dollars) to advance agricultural and tourism industries from 2015 to September of 2018. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)

Around 95 percent of China's poor population will shake off poverty and over 90 percent of poor counties will be removed from the poverty list by the end of this year.

92 percent of the registered poor households have developed industries based on local conditions to sustain high-quality poverty alleviation, such as orange planting and selling in the Wumeng Mountains, southwest China.

Thanks to the development of characteristic industries, the average annual growth rate of per capita disposable income of rural residents in poor areas is 2.3 percentage points higher than the national average within nearly six years.

With targeted poverty alleviation, China has guaranteed that 5.2 million poor people are free from worries over food and clothing and have access to compulsory education, basic medical services and safe housing by the year end.

The country has increased the provision of centralized water supplies in rural areas to 86 percent coverage. More people from impoverished villages could drink clean water, live in safe houses, and enjoy better medical insurance.

A third-party survey conducted on the 283 poor counties that have shaken off poverty suggests that more than 90 percent of the residents are satisfied with the poverty alleviation achievements in local areas.

With continued effort throughout the next year, China will wipe out extreme poverty in 2020.

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