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China determined to win battle against poverty

Time:2017-08-31 17:10:41 Source: Xinhua China Youth International

  Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Wednesday promised to make full use of China's political and institutional advantages to win the national battle against poverty.

  Wang was answering legislators' questions at a joint inquiry meeting on a report of State Council's poverty relief work Wednesday afternoon.

  "Our work plan will be more problem-oriented and more precise in the next phase. We must work harder to fight for the victory," said Wang.



  Zhang Dejiang (C), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), attends a joint inquiry meeting of the 12th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 30, 2017. The joint inquiry meeting is on a report of State Council's poverty relief work. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

  The meeting attended by top legislator Zhang Dejiang is part of the ongoing bimonthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.

  China lifted an average of 13.9 million people out of poverty each year from 2012 to 2016, and the annual per capita income in impoverished rural areas has grown 10.7 percent every year, according to the report.

  As of the end of 2016, there were 43.35 million people in China living below the country's poverty line of 2,300 yuan (349 U.S. dollars) of annual income as constant with 2010 prices.

  Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, People's Bank of China, Ministry of Education, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, State Ethnic Affairs Commission, National Health and Family Planning Commission and Ministry of Civil Affairs also answered legislators' questions during the inquiry.

  Members of NPC Standing Committee reviewed this report and talked over China'a poverty situation during a panel discussion Wednesday morning.

  Zheng Gongcheng, a committee member, said education is the most important part of the poverty relief work.

  "The overall education level in poor areas is quite low, and the reason why many impoverished people cannot find a job falls in the lack of education," said Zheng.

  Wu Heng, also a member of the committee, echoed Zheng's opinion in the discussion.

  Wu said improving the education level in poor areas was a long fight, but it helped the impoverished people in a more fundamental way.

  On a separate occasion, senior Chinese political advisors also offered suggestions on targeted poverty relief.

  The suggestions were raised at a three-day plenary meeting of the 22nd meeting of the Standing Committee of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, which was attended by Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee.

  China has set 2020 as the target year to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society, which requires the eradication of poverty.

  To achieve the target, China needs to bring more than 10 million people out of poverty every year.

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