Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that China has made significant contribution for the poverty eradication at the global level. The Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, “The significance of China’s fight against poverty lies mainly in the following two aspects: First, China has contributed to the global cause of poverty alleviation. Poverty eradication is a challenge for mankind and the first goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As the largest developing country, China has always given priority to poverty alleviation in its national agenda. Over the past four decades and more since the beginning of reform and opening up, 750 million Chinese have risen above poverty, contributing over 70 percent to the world’s poverty reduction.
You may have seen even higher figures. For example, according to the World Bank, 800 million people in China have been lifted out of poverty. This year marks the final year for China’s efforts to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the decisive year in its battle against poverty.
By the end of this year, all the impoverished rural population according to the current poverty standard will be out of poverty and China will achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of ending poverty ten years ahead of schedule, making historic contributions to the eradication of poverty and the realization of peace and development worldwide. China has recently released the Eradication of Extreme Poverty: China’s Practices Reportand will fully share with the international community its experience in poverty reduction. Second, China has provided assistance to the global cause of poverty reduction.
While advancing poverty alleviation at home, China has always provided assistance to other developing countries to the best of its capacity. For example, we set up the China-UN Peace and Development Fund and the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund, and made solid progress in cooperation projects under such frameworks as the Pilot Project of Poverty Reduction Cooperation in East Asia and the China-Africa Poverty Reduction and People’s Welfare Plan.
China has helped establish 24 agricultural technology demonstration centers in Africa, benefiting more than 500,000 local people. China has continued to seek greater synergy between BRI cooperation and the 2030 Agenda. According to a World Bank report, BRI cooperation has the potential to lift 7.6 million people out of extreme poverty and 32 million out of moderate poverty.
China has helped developing countries enhance capacity building through multilateral and bilateral channels and contributed to international cooperation on poverty relief.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has always been part of China’s poverty alleviation efforts. For 28 years, the Ministry has been assisting two designated state-level poverty-stricken counties in Yunnan Province, Jinping and Malipo, which were officially off the poverty list in May this year. We will continue to fulfill our responsibility and help consolidate their progress in poverty alleviation. At the same time, we will also share China’s experience with the rest of the world, promote international exchange and cooperation in poverty reduction, and contribute to the realization of the 2030 Agenda.”