China Makes Head­way in Poverty Re­duc­tion

Fiji Sun - - China News - Xin­hua

China has made his­toric achieve­ments in fight­ing poverty over the past decades, mak­ing the coun­try a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the world’s poverty re­duc­tion en­deav­ours.

This year marks the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, and a cru­cial stage for the coun­try’s poverty-al­le­vi­a­tion cam­paign as it vows to erad­i­cate poverty by 2020. The fol­low­ing are some facts and fig­ures about the progress the coun­try has made in its poverty al­le­vi­a­tion cam­paign:

■ Over the past 40 years, more than

700 mil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple have cast off poverty, rep­re­sent­ing over 70 per­cent of global poverty re­duc­tion.

■ Be­tween 2013 and 2018, China has lifted 82.39 mil­lion ru­ral poor res­i­dents out of poverty, with an an­nual av­er­age of 13.73 mil­lion peo­ple cast­ing off poverty, more than the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of Greece.

■ The coun­try still had 16.6 mil­lion ru­ral peo­ple liv­ing be­low the na­tional poverty line at the end of 2018, with more than half of them liv­ing in the coun­try’s less-de­vel­oped west­ern re­gion.

■ In 2018, the an­nual per-capita dis­pos­able in­come of ru­ral res­i­dents in poverty-hit re­gions stood at 10,371 yuan (about FJ$3210.63), dou­ble its 2012 level. Con­tin­ued in­come growth boosted con­sump­tion, with the per­capita ru­ral con­sump­tion in poor ar­eas reach­ing 8956 yuan (FJ$2767.78) last year, rep­re­sent­ing an av­er­age an­nual in­crease of 11.4 per cent.

■ China also of­fered ex­pe­ri­ence and as­sis­tance to other coun­tries in their poverty-re­duc­tion ef­forts. By the end of Oc­to­ber 2015, the coun­try had pro­vided 400 bil­lion yuan (FJ$123.61bn) of as­sis­tance to 166 coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions.

China has made his­toric achieve­ments in fight­ing poverty over the past decades, mak­ing the coun­try a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the world’s poverty re­duc­tion en­deav­ours.

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