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Xi encourages bigger role of Internet Plus in poverty alleviation
April 20,2017   By:China Daily
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April 20, 2017 -- President Xi Jinping, also head of the central Internet security and informatization leading group, presides over a symposium on cyberspace security and informatization in Beijing, April 19, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]
 
April 20, 2017 -- President Xi Jinping once said that poverty alleviation is an important part of his work and he spent most energy on it. He pledged that the government will lift the country's 70 million poor people above the poverty line by 2020.
 
Presiding over a symposium on cyberspace security and informatization on April 19, 2016, Xi said online services should play a bigger role in reducing poverty by promoting agricultural goods produced by impoverished people and by making high-quality education accessible to more children in remote mountainous region via internet.
 
He connected internet with the work of poverty relief for the first time, providing a new direction for the cause.