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China mapping out guidelines for poverty alleviation by 2020

11-29-2011 19:56 BJT Special Report:White Paper on Poverty Reduction in Rural Areas |

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China is to map out the guidelines for poverty alleviation in the coming decade. A two-day working conference held by CPC Central Committee opened on Tuesday in Beijing. As CCTV reporter Zhang Nini reports, the target is to provide every Chinese person with enough to eat and wear, as well as basic education and housing by 2020.

China aims to remarkably reduce the number of poor people in four years time, and fundamentally eliminate poverty by 2020.

China is to map out the guidelines for poverty alleviation in the coming decade. A
two-day working conference held by CPC Central Committee opened on Tuesday in
Beijing.

That means, in addition to adequate food and clothing, every Chinese will also be ensured access to education, basic medical care and housing in the coming decade.

Zhang Linxiu from the Chinese Academy of Sciences believes that poverty is not only about income levels. Its reduction requires effort across all social sectors.

Zhang Linxiu said, "Raising income is only one angle to reduce poverty. China has initiated many programs, such as elderly health program, new cooperative medical scheme etc., all those include elements to alleviate poverty. "

The development-oriented plan remains the overarching policy. That means people in poverty stricken areas, especially mountainous regions, are encouraged to make the best of their natural resources.

These projects will also help to reduce the widening gap between urban and rural areas, fundamentally between the rich and the poor.

Zhang believes that the job ahead will be tough. Zhang Linxiu said, "Poverty is a dynamic concept. By that time, we will have probably reduced absolute poverty, but a new type of poverty might emerge."

Poverty reduction efforts:

China mapping out plans on poverty alleviation for next 10ys

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An official in charge of poverty reduction efforts said Wednesday that the government will invest more money over the next 10 years in anti-poverty programs. Full story >>

Reflection on poverty:

Studio interview: Reasons behind poverty

Despite China’s achievements in reducing poverty, many Chinese are still poor. Why is this? Full story >>

Subanchor: Highlighting poverty reduction

A new decade begins and China announces poverty alleviation targets. But what has the country already achieved? Full story >>

Tele interview: China's achievements in reducing poverty

How has China been able to alleviate poverty? And what can other developing countries learn from this experience? Full story >>

Subanchor: Efforts and progress of poverty alleviation in China

China’s efforts are paying off. There are less poor people. Could you tell us more. Full story >>

Ripple effects of poverty:

Rural regions struggle to grow

The lack of young people often leaves a vacuum in the labour force, which makes it even harder for remote regions to prosper. Full story >>

Left-behind elderly live a lonely life

Lonely in one’s old age, that’s a fate nobody wishes for. But in rural China, with so many young people heading to cities to find jobs, it has become a common sight. Full story >>

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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