Today is the the 25th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Over the past two decades, half of the world's poor population managed to escape poverty. Asian-Pacific countries, especially China, made the greatest contribution to this remarkable achievement.
China's progress in poverty relief, which was made under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), who say it should be recognized as a monumental victory in human history. Over the last 40 years, more than 700 million Chinese people were lifted out of poverty, accounting for 70 percent of the global poverty reduction during the period. Over the last five years, China reduced the number of rural residents living in poverty by more than 13 million annually, achieving a miracle in the history of global poverty relief.
China's success in poverty reduction can be attributed to the country's rapid economic development.
Since China adopted the reform and opening-up policy more than 30 years ago, its economy has continued to grow at a high speed, which has helped address the basic living needs of the majority of its people.
Furthermore, equality is important in Chinese political and social culture. As the ruling party, the CPC say that they have always taken safeguarding fairness and justice and achieving widespread prosperity as its missions. After the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the party say that they have made poverty eradication their top priority.
As the 19th CPC National Congress is about to convene, lifting the remaining 40 million people out of poverty is expected to be on of the top agenda items that the CPC must complete before 2020. It is expected that the CPC and the Chinese government will prioritise the rights of the people to subsistence and development, contributing ample experience and a model to reduce world poverty.
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