Poverty, prosperity cannot co-exist under socialism

People harvest wheat in Linzhai Village, Shenqiu County, Henan Province on June, 5, 2012. [Xinhua]

China’s performance in poverty reduction on its road to achieving a “moderately prosperous” socialist society by 2020 opens the way to a global discussion on how to approach a problem still seriously afflicting too many countries and people worldwide.

China raised an average of 13.9 million people out of extreme poverty every year between 2012 and 2016, with annual per capita income also simultaneously growing 10.7 percent.

This achievement is even more worthy when seen against the background, that at the start of 2017 there were 43.3 million Chinese living below the established poverty line of 2,300 yuan (US$344.30), amounting for only 3 percent of the population.

Those designing the building blocks for construction of “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” do not mistakenly measure poverty reduction only by job creation. Instead, over 775,000 skilled persons have also been deployed to most affected areas, with specific tasks and related targets.

Extreme poverty is the primary target for elimination, and services deployed in accordance with local needs include introduction of new “hard” or “soft” skills to help create new learning environments in preparation for appropriate employment.

Efforts across China are also coordinated through adequately staffed central bodies with the necessary authority to enforce implementation.

Such forward planning is key for successful achievement of the key targets necessary for…

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