China has promoted a new model of international exchanges and cooperation on poverty reduction with mutual respect and benefits at its core, the white paper indicates.
China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 to expand deep and high-level regional cooperation on economic and social development. According to a World Bank study, the initiative will help lift 7.6 million people out of extreme poverty and 32 million out of moderate poverty in participating countries.
“One of the many successes brought about by the CPC is the BRI. Working in close collaboration with local governments, the Chinese central government finances infrastructure projects to connect previously disconnected communities in underdeveloped regions. A project of this scale has never been seen before in human history. The BRI is living proof of the sincerity of the internationalist values behind the CPC,” Clayton, a US Communist youth organizer who prefers to use only his first name, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
In Asia, China and members of ASEAN have launched a rural poverty reduction plan and carried out the East Asia Poverty Reduction Demonstration Cooperation Technical Assistance Projects program in rural communities in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. In Africa, China has helped partner countries improve infrastructure, provide aid, and set up vocational and technical schools, among other projects. In Latin America, China has built agricultural technology demonstration centers to help lift locals from poverty, reads the white paper.
The Global Times previously participated in a seminar for village leaders from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar where useful experience was shared with on-site investigation.
China’s poverty-lifting experience and practices have relatively high recognition in the international community despite ideological antagonism from some Western countries against China, said Zhang Qi, a research fellow and professor at School of Economics and Resource Management under Beijing Normal University.
“Poverty reduction is a globally common problem, so other countries can learn from China in light of their own conditions after China shares its own practices,” Zhang told the Global Times on Tuesday.
China’s sincere and unselfish sharing of development experience with other developing countries is totally different from the behavior of the Western world, which politicizes development issues and tries to geopolitically suppress countries with different development conceptions, Chinese observers pointed out. The West’s unpopular attempts are bound to fail, they suggested.
“Poverty alleviation and the modernization of China are remarkable accomplishments, especially given the complex and difficult international political environment of the past decades. Under the leadership of the Communist Party, the country has become united, and it has focused first and foremost on raising the living standards of the Chinese people,” Brian Becker, a global affairs analyst and executive director of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (A.N.S.W.E.R.) in the US, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
While some Western media outlets have kept smearing China’s poverty alleviation campaign and questioned whether the momentum can be maintained, the paper also has an eye on the future, illustrating the country’s plan for 2035-50 to achieve the full development of its people.
In order to prevent local regions from returning to poverty, the country will set up monitoring systems and set a five-year period in impoverished counties to stabilize the achievements of poverty alleviation, together with more than 30 supporting policies and more job opportunities, Wang Zhengpu, head of the National Administration for Rural Vitalization, said at the press conference.