Standards of living raised for three Yunnan ethnic minority groups

Source:Xinhua-Global Times Published: 2019/4/22 17:23:40

China has lifted three ethnic minority groups out of poverty in Southwest China's Yunnan Province as it steps toward delivering its target of eliminating poverty by 2020.

The Dulong, Deang and Jino ethnic minority groups have a total combined population of more than 50,000, according to the last national population census in 2010.

The proportion of residents living in poverty has been reduced from 24.25 percent a few years ago to 2.42 percent, well below the required 3 percent to remove them from the poverty list in western China.

The Dulong, Deang and Jino live in mountainous regions of northwestern, western and southern Yunnan, respectively.

Huang Yunbo, head of the provincial office of poverty alleviation and development, said a total of seven ethnic minority groups will be removed from the poverty list this year.

The number of ethnic groups lifted out of poverty will reach 11 by 2020, Huang said.

The battle against poverty is one of the "three tough battles" that the country must win to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020. 

To achieve the goal, China needs to lift around 30 million poor rural residents out of poverty between 2018 and 2020. In the countdown to the country's deadline to eradicate absolute poverty by 2020, the socialist system is playing a crucial role.

China's socialist system has made it possible to pool resources for its aims and stick to its targets from start to finish, especially when it comes to people's livelihood.

Thanks to consistent hard work, more than 700 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty in the past four decades, with the poverty rate in rural areas lowered from 97.5 percent in 1978 to 1.7 percent in 2018.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2017 pledged to eliminate poverty in all poor counties and regions by 2020, waging a decisive war on poverty to realize its goal.

Under the leadership of the CPC, poverty alleviation has become a strategic task for the country. Governments at every level have taken steps to ensure the task is completed on time.

Party members have been dispatched to impoverished villages across the country to assist poverty reduction work, including government officials, ex-servicemen and college graduates, all working to fully implement the central government policy. China has made it crucial to adopt customized measures based on local conditions to ensure resources are used in the right place at the right time.

With only two years until the deadline, the country is at a critical juncture in finishing off the final stage of poverty alleviation. And the socialist system will continue to show its strength.


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