Chinese President Xi Jinping solemnly declared “complete victory” in eradicating absolute poverty during a conference in Beijing on Thursday. The announcement of this great miracle in the human history of poverty reduction came four months before the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which leads the world’s most populous nation.
China is expected to declare a moderately prosperous society in all respects in the middle of this year, which means that the country has achieved its first centenary goal on schedule in 2021. In 2049, China will achieve its second centenary goal of building “a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious.”
President Xi on Thursday presented awards and certificates to representatives of national honorary title recipients for their contribution to poverty reduction. A total of 1,981 individuals and 1,501 collective units were awarded at the conference.
China has lifted all rural poor people out of extreme poverty under the current standard, with 832 counties, 128,000 villages, and nearly 100 million impoverished people shaking off poverty.
Xi said that the arduous task of eliminating absolute poverty has created another miracle in the annals of history.
China will not forget those 1,800 people who sacrificed their lives while fighting on the frontlines of China’s battle against poverty, President Xi said. They represented the original aspiration and mission of CPC members, he noted.
While inequality between the rich and poor in some countries continues to widen, China has achieved its poverty reduction goal ahead of the UN’s schedule. China has also provided support to other developing countries, contributing to the global cause of poverty reduction, he noted.
China has cultivated a “spirit of poverty alleviation” from the battle against poverty, Xi said. It comprises the CPC’s goals and spirit of the Chinese nation, and reflects patriotism, socialist ideas and Chinese values.
We need the commendation conference to draw experience from the past and also to encourage the Chinese to carry on the spirit to build our country, Chinese experts said.