'Arduous tasks' lie ahead in poverty fight

By AN BAIJIE/CHEN WEIHUA/WANG MINGJIE | China Daily Global | Updated: 2019-03-14 09:19
President Xi Jinping attends discussions with National People's Congress deputies from Fujian province in Beijing on Sunday. [Ju Peng/Xinhua]

In the past years, more capable and suitable officials have been selected to guide poverty relief work at different levels. For example, officials with business savvy were sent to poverty-stricken villages, while officials with specialized industrial knowledge were sent to villages with an industrial base.

China has also adopted various means to reduce poverty, including e-commerce, financing, tourism, relocation and improvement of infrastructure.

Jan Willem Blankert, author of China Rising: Will the West Be Able to Cope?, spoke highly of China's contribution to the world's poverty reduction.

"China has with its long growth spurt already contributed a lot. We always say that China's strong growth has 'lifted 400 million (that's the figure of a few years ago) out of poverty'," he told China Daily.

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