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China Meets Its 2019 Poverty Target, on Course To Totally Eliminate Poverty by the End of 2020

Dec. 21 (EIRNS)—Hu Chunhua, who heads the State Council leading group on poverty alleviation and development, announced at the Dec. 20 national anti-poverty development and work conference, that China had met its goal of raising an estimated 10 million people out of poverty in 2019.

That leaves only 7 million poor people in China, whom the government is committed to lifting out of poverty by the end of 2020, in order to meet its goal of totally eliminating poverty in China by 2020—a monumental achievement. That remaining poor population poses some of the most difficult problems to be solved. but Hu made it clear that the government is committed to achieving that goal.

“Efforts should be made to strengthen inspections of poverty alleviation work and rectify problems exposed during the inspections,” Hu told the conference. Xinhua added that “he called for enhanced industrial development and employment assistance for poverty relief as well as follow-up support for relocation programs to prevent people from slipping back into poverty. Hu also urged joint efforts from different fronts to ensure the entire population is lifted out of poverty by the end of 2020.”

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