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Xi Jinping in Address to China International Import Expo Stresses Poverty Reduction

Nov. 6, 2019 (EIRNS)—The China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai over Nov. 5-10 is putting China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and its success in combatting poverty, front and center on the world stage. Perhaps the best image for that is that President Xi Jinping delivered his keynote address “in front of a countdown screen for winning the country’s battle against poverty,” Xinhua reported. China has so far lifted some 850 million people out of poverty, and intends to do the same with the remaining 20 million by the end of 2020. Xinhua went on to report that “Xi said China is ready to share its poverty relief experience with other countries and jointly build a community with a shared future for humanity featuring common development and the elimination of poverty.”

Xinhua further reported that

“Chinese and foreign leaders also toured the exhibition areas for China’s Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong. Foreign leaders spoke highly of the CIIE, which provides an opportunity for promoting bilateral economic and trade relations. They also expressed their optimism about China’s development and the bright prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative, and their hopes to seek common development and prosperity with China.”

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