BEIJING, Oct. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly released report by China.org.cn on China's progress in poverty reduction and its contribution to the world's poverty relief endeavor:
Oct. 17 marks the 25th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Over the past two decades, half of the world's poor population managed to escape poverty. Asian-Pacific countries, especially China, made the greatest contribution to this remarkable achievement.
China's progress in poverty relief, which was made under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), should be recognized as a monumental victory in human history. In the past four decades, more than 700 million Chinese people were lifted out of poverty, accounting for 70 percent of the global poverty reduction during the period. Over the last five years, China reduced the number of rural residents living in poverty by more than 13 million annually, achieving a miracle in the history of global poverty relief.
China's success in poverty reduction should be primarily attributed to the country's rapid economic development. Since China adopted the reform and opening-up policy more than 30 years ago, its economy has continued to grow at a high speed, which has helped address the basic living needs of the majority of its people.
Furthermore, equality is important in Chinese political and social culture. As the ruling party, the CPC has always taken safeguarding fairness and justice and achieving widespread prosperity as its missions. After the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, it has made poverty eradication its top priority. While some Chinese people have already become wealthy during the country's rapid development, the CPC has put more emphasis on the poor and focused on ensuring the inclusiveness of economic growth. This has always been its political pursuit and demonstrated its governance capabilities.
China is at a challenging stage in its poverty relief endeavor. From 2013 to 2016, another 55.6 million Chinese people were lifted out of poverty, an achievement attributed to effective measures taken by the Chinese government. These measures included channeling investment from various sources into local industries to increase farmers' income; improving the ecological environment of some poverty-stricken areas; and reducing medical expenses for indigent rural populations to prevent poverty caused by disease. Through these measures, China has gained valuable experience in alleviating poverty.
As the 19th CPC National Congress is about to convene, lifting the remaining 40 million people out of poverty is expected to be the most arduous task the CPC must complete before 2020. The CPC and the Chinese government will continue to prioritize the people's rights to subsistence and development, contributing ample experience and a model to reduce world poverty.
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