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China's victory in poverty alleviation is a miracle of history

Seetao 2021.03.17
  • China has won a comprehensive victory in the battle against poverty, providing new ideas and solutions for mankind to shake off poverty

In today's world, poverty eradication is one of the few issues on which governments of all countries can reach consensus. It is also the first goal of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. It is a true reflection of the common ideal sought by people all over the world.

Chinese President Xi Jinping solemnly declared that China has won a comprehensive victory in the fight against poverty, and that all the 98.99 million rural residents living under the current poverty line have been lifted out of poverty. Thus far, China has completed the arduous task of eradicating absolute poverty and achieved the poverty reduction goals set out in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule, creating a miracle in the history of poverty reduction.

Eradicating poverty has always been a prominent challenge to global development and governance. Since the introduction of reform and opening-up in China, according to World Bank standards, China has reduced poverty by more than 70% of the global population in the same period. China's efforts in poverty alleviation have made a significant contribution to the global cause of poverty reduction and provided new ideas and plans for mankind to get rid of poverty. Especially since 2012, the communist party of China and the Chinese government has always put poverty engines in the outstanding position in governing, adhere to the people as the center of the development of ideas, mobilize the various aspects strength joint war on poverty, adhere to the precise strategy for poverty alleviation, implemented by "ShuXieShi" to "ZaoXieShi" support for poverty alleviation, fully arouse the enthusiasm of poor people, inspire their poverty endogenous impetus, efforts to eliminate COVID - 19 outbreak external factors such as interference, finished on the new era the formidable task of eliminating absolute poverty.

As traditionally friendly countries, China and Morocco have always supported and learned from each other on the road to poverty eradication. The two governments at all levels, political parties, legislatures and non-governmental institutions of the two sides have actively exchanged experience on poverty alleviation and conducted practical cooperation, which has strongly promoted the development of poverty reduction in the two countries. As Sun Zhigang, Party Secretary of Guizhou Province, who once had the largest number of poor people in China, said in his keynote speech at Kingdom College in 2019, "Guizhou Chapter of China's Miracle of Poverty Reduction", today, the people of our two countries are carrying forward the spirit of the Silk Road and opening up a new chapter of exchanges, mutual learning, win-win cooperation and common prosperity. We will learn from Morocco's successful anti-poverty experience and practices, and sincerely welcome Moroccan friends to visit China and Guizhou, so as to jointly create a better future for poverty reduction.

Eliminating poverty is not the end, but the starting point for a new life and a new struggle. China has taken comprehensively promoting rural revitalization as a major task in realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and will work hard to address the problems of unbalanced and inadequate development, narrow the development gap between urban and rural areas and between regions, and achieve common prosperity for all the people. At the same time, China will continue to actively carry out international cooperation on poverty reduction, fulfill its international responsibility for poverty reduction, provide assistance to developing countries including Morocco to the best of its ability, and contribute its strength to the development of the world's poverty reduction cause.

China's victory in poverty alleviation reflects the miracle of its development

El-Badri indicated that Egypt and China are committed to strengthening bilateral relations in various fields. In the past year, the outbreak of COVID-19 has been challenging for both countries. The number of Chinese tourists to Egypt has plummeted and business contacts have almost stopped. But the epidemic has also shown us the bright side, which is the unity and cooperation between our governments and our people in the face of adversity. In the early days of China's fight against the epidemic, Egypt provided China with medical supplies and lit the Five-Starred Red Flag to show its support. China also took the lead in providing medical supplies to Egypt when COVID-19 was raging in the country.

El-Badri pointed out that China is in the leading position in vaccine research and development and there is broad room for cooperation between the two countries in the field of vaccines. Egypt recently received the new coronavirus vaccine from China, which shows broad prospects for the cooperation between the two countries.

The world economy will remain in a sluggish state in the first half of 2021 due to the continued spread of COVID-19, according to the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects report released recently. In response, Mr. El-Badri said, "There are opportunities in the challenges. Human beings have suffered a lot. What is important is how to benefit from it." The epidemic has made the world a difficult place to live, but the disaster has helped many countries strengthen their bilateral relations and let the world know that no country is immune.

Referring to the concept of "a community with a shared future for mankind", El-Badri pointed out that the world has entered a period of interdependence and isolationism and unilateralism have retired from the stage of history. The COVID-19 outbreak has undoubtedly shown the world that humanity faces a common future.

Egyptian Ambassador to China Mohamed El-Badri said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua that China's victory in poverty alleviation shows the miracle of China's development.

El-Badri stressed that China's experience with poverty alleviation is absolutely groundbreaking. China's success in eradicating absolute poverty shows that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the improvement of people's living standards. He wants to bring China's experience in poverty reduction back to Egypt, with a view to Egypt's effective cooperation with China in this field.

Talking about the Belt and Road Initiative, El-Badri said that the One Belt And One Road initiative, which promotes trade and opens up channels of people-to-people exchanges, is a new foreign policy concept that has never been put forward by any country before. The One Belt And One Road initiative has not only promoted cooperation in economy, trade and investment, but also strengthened people-to-people ties. China is opening up to the world and showing its vitality through the One Belt And One Road initiative, of which Egypt is an important part. He added that a lot of international trade flows through the Suez Canal and the project is an important part of the construction of One Belt And One Road.

Talking about China-Africa relations, El-Badri said that during a video conference held at the Special Summit of China-Africa Unity and Fight Against the COVID-19 epidemic in June last year, the leaders at the summit expressed gratitude and appreciation for China's assistance and support to Africa during the COVID-19 outbreak and expressed deep appreciation for China's role in fighting the epidemic. (For reprint, please indicate Jiandao website www.seetao.com) Jiandao website video column editor/Linping Gan


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