BEIJING: China is ready to share its experience of poverty alleviation with Pakistan and other countries in order to promote President Xi Jinping’s concept of shared destiny.
According to the officials of the State Council, China is proud of implementing its poverty alleviation’s plan in an exemplary fast pace, as per the guideline, set by the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Poverty alleviation has been one of the country’s core campaigns since 2003, with President Xi hoping to fully eradicate poverty by 2020.
China has set its own model to fight out poverty, the officials said, adding, they are always open to sharing their experience with others for socio-economic development.
It may be mentioned here that the new government in Pakistan also showed its intention to seek inspirations and guideline from China to reduce the rate of poverty in the country.
Meanwhile, President Xi Jinping in his message on World Poverty Day, being observed on October 17, has urged to redouble efforts to win the tough battle against poverty on schedule.
China should hold fast to the goal of poverty relief and work harder for victory in the battle, Xi stressed while giving instructions on poverty reduction.
China announced on Wednesday that 85 counties had been officially taken off the Chinese list of impoverished areas, marking further steps toward its goal of eradicating poverty by 2020.
This is the largest number of counties to shake off poverty since China vowed in 2015 to win the tough battle against poverty, bringing the total number of counties removed from the poverty list since then to 153.
“This is an important achievement in the decisive stage of fighting the tough battle against poverty,” said Xia Gengsheng, deputy director of the office.
The 85 counties, from nine provincial regions, went through assessments from third-party institutions before being removed from the list. 74 of them are in the country’s less-developed western regions, and 25 are in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, more than any other provincial region.
A county is removed from the list if less than 2 per cent of its population lives below the poverty line, defined by a per capita annual income of 2,300 yuan at 2010 prices. In the country’s western regions, if less than 3 per cent of the people live in poverty, the county will be removed from the list.
“Removing the 85 counties from the poverty list was in line with local economic and social development. The decision can stand tests and is recognised by the public,” Xia said while calling for continued poverty relief policies and efforts in these counties.