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Senior official meets press for China's anti-poverty goal

By Chen Lidan, Chi Jingyi and Lyu Feisha | People's Daily app

15:02, March 07, 2018

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Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council Leading Group Office for Poverty Alleviation and Development, meets the press Wednesday afternnon on the sidelines of China’s national legislature annual session.

The main topic is how to win the battle of poverty alleviation through targeted approaches.

65 million people have been lifted out of poverty over the past five years, says Liu.

China is confident to win the battle of poverty alleviation.

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Journalists ask the question about the relation between B&R Initiative and poverty alleviation. (File photo)

B&R initiative VS poverty alleviation

The Belt and Road Initiative can be combined with poverty alleviation and contribute to poverty reduction in various areas, Liu said about the relation between the B&R initiative and poverty alleviation at the conferece Wednesday.

This initiative can help the development of those that join this initiative, especially developing countries, thus facilitating those countries’ cooperation and communication on poverty alleviation, he added.

Win the battle with flying colors

China's poverty alleviation efforts are in full swing. Approaches are taken to eradicate rural poverty by 2020. To win the battle of poverty relief with flying colors means that we can’t leave anyone and any county behind.

Eradication of extreme poverty is the first step. After 2020, China will work on reducing relative poverty, building a sustainable mechanism and exploring.

Supervision

Supervision remains a problem to be solved. New reform includes delegating the power to lower levels, management and service.

Bogus poverty reduction unacceptable

Bogus poverty reduction is unacceptable, Liu said, adding that China's government will get tough on this.

"It's true that some gross-root cadres as well as those in the central government have some problems in their work. But most of our officials are dedicated to their work. More than 400 officials working in the front line have sacrificed their lives to eradicate poverty since the beginning of poverty alleviation," he added.

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Health system necessary

Forty percent of the poor population is caused by illness. Therefore, a sound and complete health system is necessary.

Last year, 4.2 million people were freed from serious illness and chronic disease. China will continue building a basic medical and health system.

Financing for poverty alleviation

China will handle government debt from poverty alleviation spending, Liu said as he talked about the plan of the financing for poverty alleviation.

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