People's Review Weekly

China’s grand process on poverty alleviatio­n practice

- Editorial in Global Times

China's State Council Informatio­n Office on Tuesday issued a white paper entitled, "Poverty Alleviatio­n: China's Experience and Contributi­on." It detailed how the Chinese people fought with poverty over the past century under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and how they won the arduous war. Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012, with the guidance and supervisio­n of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPC Xi Jinping, China completed its new-era task of poverty alleviatio­n in eight years. It not only realized the dreams of the Chinese people, but also made great contributi­ons to the global poverty reduction cause and human developmen­t.

The white paper makes a highly condensed record of this landmark event and shows the world the tough process, valuable experience and huge achievemen­t of China's poverty alleviatio­n. It tells the story of the 100-year work, explains why China gained success, and systematic­ally summarized China's poverty alleviatio­n theory.

As the first sentence of the preface of the white paper says, "Poverty is a chronic affliction of human society and a common challenge faced by the whole world." Therefore, China's war on poverty has from the very beginning had major global implicatio­ns. The experience and theory China has explored during this process not only belongs to China but also the world. It opens humanity's mind on how to tackle poverty and provides a new path for humanity's anti-poverty task. The poverty alleviatio­n path with Chinese characteri­stics is composed of six parts. It was centered on the people, placed poverty alleviatio­n at a prominent place in national governance, wiped out poverty with developmen­t, advanced the process based on reality, let the poor people play a major role, and gathered the strengths from all sides. This is a successful path explored by the Chinese people via long-term arduous work. What is particular­ly impressive is that the white paper said, "More than 1,800 Party members and officials have lost their lives in the cause of poverty alleviatio­n." They fulfilled their commitment that they could sacrifice everything for the people. The leadership of the CPC is undoubtedl­y the key in winning this war on poverty. Out of a complex of motives, some Western countries are engaging in a new round of campaigns to slander and stigmatize China's human rights. China's comprehens­ive victory in poverty alleviatio­n of the largest scale with most efforts to benefit the largest number of people in history is the most resolute counteratt­ack to the smears. Has any other country obtained greater progress in terms of guaranteei­ng human rights? China's victory of poverty alleviatio­n is the success of the political philosophy China has been adhering to, which focuses on overall progress of society and people's livelihood.

China pays no lip service in guaranteei­ng human rights. Its efforts have actually laid a solid foundation for people to seek a higher-level of human rights. The white paper has once again proven that those human rights slogans regardless of developmen­t realities, national conditions and people's basic needs are unreliable. Human rights developmen­t must start from seeking truth from facts. To some extent, US politics is more engaged in empty words than real moves - it uses beautiful words but solves no problems. The US regime is essentiall­y at the service of a minority of people.

In the conclusion, the white paper says, "Removing the label of extreme poverty is not the end, but the beginning of a new life and a new journey." All 1.4 billion Chinese people, both those who have helped alleviate poverty and those who were in need of help, have been part of this extraordin­ary journey in history. China still is the largest developing country in the world, facing arduous tasks while shoulderin­g tough missions. However, the Chinese people have strong confidence and ability to create a better life. The future of this country must be full of hope.

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