In­ter­net Plus aids poverty re­duc­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HOU LIQIANG houliqiang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will make full use of In­ter­net Plus to in­volve peo­ple from all walks of life in help­ing the re­main­ing 43 mil­lion peo­ple in the coun­try who live in poverty.

As part of the ef­fort, a gov­ern­ment-spon­sored on­line plat­form has been es­tab­lished and has at­tracted about 100,000 warm­hearted users who would like to con­trib­ute, poverty-re­lief au­thor­i­ties said in a news con­fer­ence or­ga­nized by the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice on Wed­nes­day.

The coun­try is pressed for time to lift all peo­ple out of poverty by 2020, which is when the cen­tral gov­ern­ment has pledged to fin­ish build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety in all re­spects, and it’s tak­ing ad­vanced mea­sures to ful­fill the task.

As an im­por­tant im­pe­tus for the de­vel­op­ment, In­ter­net Plus could of­fer strong sup­port in the poverty al­le­vi­a­tion cam­paign, the State Coun­cil Lead­ing Group Of­fice of Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment said in a state­ment.

Hong Tianyun, deputy di­rec­tor of the lead­ing group of­fice, said a net­work plat­form, us­ing new tech­nolo­gies such as big data, has been es­tab­lished to pro­mote on­line phi­lan­thropy as a response to the cen­tral lead­er­ship’s call to make full use of In­ter­net Plus in poverty al­le­vi­a­tion.

The plat­form has 100,000 reg­is­tered donors con­nected to 40,000 needy fam­i­lies, though it has only been launched as a trial in 11 cities in six pro­vin­cial re­gions, Hong said.

With five sub-plat­forms, in­clud­ing do­na­tions, an on­line store and crowd fund­ing, the plat­form can be ac­cessed on­line and via a mo­bile app, or on WeChat.

Poverty-stricken peo­ple have pub­lished 50,000 posts seek­ing help on the web­site and one-fifth of the re­quests have been met, Gao said.

It will get more dif­fi­cult to lift the re­main­ing peo­ple out of poverty, but the net­work plat­form could mo­bi­lize so­cial pow­ers and bridge them with peo­ple from poverty-stricken ar­eas us­ing e-com­merce, said Qu Tian­jun, an­other of­fi­cial with the lead­ing group of­fice.

Liu Xiang, an of­fi­cial who over­sees the net­work plat­form, said the gov­ern­ment will also help poverty-stricken peo­ple with med­i­cal ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion through the plat­form.

China lifted 12.4 mil­lion ru­ral res­i­dents out of poverty last year. There are still 43.3 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing be­low the poverty line of 2,300 yuan ($340) in an­nual in­come, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics.

have been con­nected to 40,000 needy fam­i­lies through an on­line plat­form for poverty re­duc­tion.

CUI XIAO / FOR CHINA DAILY

Chen Yanyan (left), head of Jin­hua City Ar­chives, and Su Zhil­iang, di­rec­tor of the “Com­fort Women” Re­search Cen­ter at Shang­hai Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity, dis­play a list in Jin­hua, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day of 135 “com­fort women” — women and girls forced into sex slav­ery by the Ja­panese dur­ing World War II. A list of 210 peo­ple from a towns­men as­so­ci­a­tion, who were orig­i­nally from the Korean Penin­sula, was kept in the ar­chives and dis­cov­ered in the 1980s. Su stud­ied the list last year and found out that 135 of them, whose pro­fes­sions were hid­den from the list, were “com­fort women”.

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