China lifts all remaining counties out of poverty: Read the fascinating success story of how they made it possible
The East Asian country has set a goal to eliminate absolute poverty by the end of the current year.
- All 832 national-level poor-stricken counties in China have been elevated out of poverty.
- The country has vowed to eliminate absolute poverty by the end of 2020.
China has officially removed all remaining counties from the country’s poverty list, as Guizhou province announced on Monday that its last nine counties had eradicated poverty.
The nine counties, including Nayong, Ziyun, Weining, and Yanhe, were the last group on the country’s list of 832 poverty-stricken counties identified in 2014 by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development.
The East Asian country has set a goal to eliminate absolute poverty by the end of the current year. In 2019, 52 counties in the southwest, northwest, and south remained on the poverty list.
With 176,200 square kilometers of land, Guizhou was the main battlefield in the fight against poverty.
According to the Chinese media, In 2012, Guizhou had the highest number of impoverished people in China. Since then, the province has seen about 9.23 million people and 66 counties emerge from poverty.
The Deputy Head of the Provincial Poverty Alleviation Office, Qin Rufang, said, “The escape from poverty that has been achieved by the last nine impoverished counties shows that Guizhou has lifted the tag of absolute poverty that it has been labeled with for thousands of years.”
He added that the average annual net income of impoverished people in these nine counties has increased to 11,487 yuan ($1,740), well above the 4,000 yuan national poverty line set this year.
The Chinese government has taken a series of steps to lift people out of poverty, including developing suitable industries to increase incomes, creating jobs, relocating people who lived in shabby areas, and reforming public services.
According to the media reports, Guizhou’s relocation project involved 1.88 million people, a record high in the country.
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