Com­bat­ing Poverty

China Pictorial (English) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

China has made de­ci­sive progress in its fight against poverty over the past five years: More than 60 mil­lion peo­ple have been lifted out of poverty and the poverty head­count ra­tio has dropped from 10.2 per­cent to less than four per­cent. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said in his 2018 New Year ad­dress, “By 2020, China will lift all ru­ral res­i­dents liv­ing be­low the cur­rent poverty line out of poverty. That is our solemn com­mit­ment, and we will honor it.”

Poverty re­lief work should fo­cus more on ar­eas of ex­treme poverty, qual­ity of poverty re­lief and tar­geted poverty al­le­vi­a­tion as well as a com­bi­na­tion of ex­ter­nal aid and in­ter­nal im­pe­tus, a mix of devel­op­ment-ori­ented poverty re­lief and so­cial se­cu­rity, ex­plained Liu Yongfu, di­rec­tor of the State Coun­cil Lead­ing Group Of­fice of Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion and Devel­op­ment.

Jan­uary 31, 2018: Two men per­form with Ciba, gluti­nous rice cake, in Song­tao Miao Au­tonomous County in Ton­gren City, south­west­ern China’s Guizhou Province. Folk cus­toms in the coun­try­side are at­trac­tive to tourists. VCG

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