China’s poverty alleviation


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.
–The Daily Mail-Global Times News Exchange Item