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How China will win its war on poverty
February 27,2017   By:Xinhua
BEIJING, Feb. 27, 2017 -- It is one thing to make promises, but quite another to keep them.
 
The Chinese government decided to eradicate poverty by 2020 -- the target year for China to become a "moderately prosperous" society -- and the country is confident.
 
China's economic growth has been astonishing over the past three decades, but the economy must provide for 1.3 billion people. The gap between rich and poor remains as wide in China as it does in many other countries, and the Chinese government knows it.
 
But there have been more than 55 million success stories in the past four years. That's twice the population of Texas.
 
And this drive will not stop until the day dawns when the last person living in poverty finds his or her rightful place as a citizen of a well-off society.
 
PRECISION
 
China uses a combination of incentives and policy to tackle the problem, with "precision" the key.
 
Precision is the target: spending money exactly where it is needed, and no more than is needed. It is the very poorest of people who should feel the most benefit.
 
"You should not bomb fleas with grenades," means appropriate resources should be used in the right place at the right time.
 
Governments have compiled databases of how many people are living in poverty and why. Timetables have been set.
 
Projects have been arranged according to the specifics of every region or even every family. Better use of resources leads to more, better jobs. People must move to places where jobs are to be found, and where public services are fit for purpose.
 
Proper training will produce an army of workers with the skills that modern, sustainable industries need. Special care must be given to those children left behind as their parents seek ways of working to give them a better life. What the government gives in support should not be taken away again in taxation.
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