In February 2021, China declared the overall victory in the battle against poverty. At the end of 2020, China achieved the goal of eliminating extreme poverty – the 98.99 million people in rural areas who were living below the current poverty threshold all shook off poverty; all the 128,000 impoverished villages and 832 designated poor counties got rid of poverty, – an outstanding and historic achievement.
Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the CPC Central Committee, with General Secretary Xi Jinping at the core, has fought a decisive battle against poverty that is unprecedented in scale and intensity, and has benefited the largest number of people in human history. China is home to nearly one fifth of the world’s population. Its complete eradication of extreme poverty is unparalleled in history of humankind.
By adopting “Strategy of Targeted Poverty Alleviation”, great progress was made in reducing poverty by relocating people from inhospitable areas, providing financial support and promoting the development of locally viable industries, education, transportation, water conservancy projects, tourism, photovoltaic power facilities, e-commerce, and work-relief programs in poor areas. China achieved the target of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule and won wide acclaim from the international community, representing collective wisdom of our Party and the people.
The Chinese experience in poverty alleviation belongs to all mankind. On the occasion of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, the Chinese Consulate General in Johannesburg is organizing this online exhibition entitled “Creating Better Lives Creating Miracles - Gallery of Chinese Poverty Alleviation” from 18 June to 15 December 2021, to tell stories of Chinese poverty alleviation to the people of South Africa and other African countries with vivid pictures, to share the experience of China's fight against poverty, to further promote the common development and progress, and to contribute Chinese wisdom and solutions to build a global community of shared future.
Eliminating poverty, improving people's livelihoods, and realizing common prosperity are the essential requirements of socialism.
Since the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress, the CPC Central Committee, with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, has placed poverty alleviation in a prominent position, put forward new thoughts and ideas, and made new decisions and arrangements to advance China's poverty relief campaign.
As the world's most populous and largest developing country, China has achieved amazing results battling poverty with decades of relentless efforts. Chinese President Xi Jinping said that lifting all of China's poor citizens out of poverty is something that has always been on his mind and to which he devotes much of his work. No one shall be left behind in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Poverty alleviation through industry refers to the development process of poverty alleviation, which is market-oriented, economic benefit centered, and industrial development as a lever. It is an effective way to promote the development of poor areas and increase the income of poor farmers. It is also the strategic focus and main task of poverty alleviation and development. Poverty alleviation through ecology is a poverty alleviation mode that combines ecological protection with poverty alleviation and development, so as to achieve a poverty alleviation mode that promotes the coordination of poverty alleviation and development with ecological protection, and the promotion of poverty alleviation and prosperity with sustainable development in poverty-stricken areas, so as to achieve a win-win situation between poverty alleviation and ecological civilization construction. The purpose of poverty alleviation through science and technology is to apply applicable science and technology to reform the closed small-scale peasant economic model in poverty-stricken areas, improve the scientific and cultural quality of farmers, improve their resource development level and labor productivity, promote the development of commodity economy, and speed up the pace of farmers to get rid of poverty and become rich.
Poverty alleviation through education is mainly from the aspects of basic education, vocational education and reducing the school burden of poor families, putting forward a series of action plans and measures to continuously improve the comprehensive quality and employment skills of poor people, gradually eliminating the problem of poverty caused by lack of education, and blocking the intergenerational transmission of poverty.
Poverty alleviation through culture means to help the poor areas from the cultural and spiritual level, so as to improve the quality of the local people and to get rid of poverty as soon as possible. Poverty alleviation should not only support the material, but also support the spirit, intelligence and culture. Poverty alleviation through tourism means that through the development of rich tourism resources in poverty-stricken areas and the establishment of tourism economic entities, the tourism industry will form a regional pillar industry, so as to realize the poverty alleviation of residents and local finance in poverty-stricken areas.
The purpose of poverty alleviation through transportation is to basically connect the main line of national expressways in poverty-stricken areas, to provide solid and powerful transportation guarantee for poverty alleviation and building a well-off society in an all-round way.
Poverty alleviation through relocation refers to the implementation of relocation for the poverty-stricken people in the areas where the conditions and resources are too poor for people living there, so as to achieve the goal of being stable and getting rid of poverty. Poverty alleviation through society mainly puts forward relevant measures and requirements from all aspects of cooperation between the east and the west of China, designated assistance, enterprise assistance, military assistance, social organizations and volunteer’s assistance, as well as international exchanges and cooperation.
Distance vanishes when you're with your friends. In the economy, commerce, culture, education, science and technology, talent, and other areas, China and South Africa have worked closely together. The two countries' partnership is strategically important and has global clout. While being thousands of miles apart, the two countries' citizens have a close and strong friendship. And will work together to create a better future.