Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson on Monday appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent remarks on China’s poverty alleviation campaign and said China was ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with other countries in poverty reduction.
“China is ready to make greater contribution to the building of a poverty-free community with a shared future for mankind featuring common development,” Wang Wenbin said during his regular briefing in response to PM Imran Khan’s positive remarks.
In his video message screened at the Forum on the 20th Anniversary of Juncao Assistance and Sustainable Development cooperation last week, PM Imran Khan said that China was a role model for developing countries in poverty alleviation.
China’s remarkable growth had brought 800 million people out of poverty over the past four decades, he added. While coming on the statement, Wang said China appreciated the positive remarks by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Giving some details, the spokesperson said that by the end of 2020, China had fulfilled its poverty alleviation target for the new era as scheduled, lifting nearly 100 million impoverished rural residents living below the current poverty line out of poverty.
“Since the beginning of reform and opening-up, 770 million rural residents in China have been lifted out of poverty,” he added.
According to the World Bank criteria, the Chinese population lifted out of poverty accounts for over 70 percent of the world’s total over the same period of time, he said.
He said that as a major country with nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, China had achieved the poverty reduction goal set in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ten years ahead of schedule.
This has enabled hundreds of millions of Chinese people to live a better life, and significantly reduced the impoverished population in the world.
Such accomplishment is not only a milestone in the history of the Chinese nation’s development and the history of mankind’s poverty reduction, but also a vivid illustration of the understanding of human rights with Chinese characteristics that “the rights to subsistence and development are the basic human rights of paramount importance”. It marks an important contribution to the global human rights cause.
Wang said, the key to China’s historic achievement in eradicating absolute poverty lies in the fact that the Communist Party of China (CPC) always put people first, gave high priority to poverty reduction in its governance and eliminated poverty through development.
China has proposed and implemented a creative strategy of tailor-made poverty alleviation, using precise and strict standards and rigorous monitoring and assessment to make poverty alleviation efforts more targeted and effective.
He said the Chinese side had been advancing poverty reduction based on its own reality, giving full play to the principal role of the impoverished population and pooling the strength of all parties to form strong synergy.
He said that China’s successful poverty reduction showed that poverty was not invincible, adding, “The path of poverty reduction with Chinese characteristics offers a Chinese solution to the challenges of modern state governance.”