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China Focus: China winning the toughest of tough battles against poverty
October 12,2017   By:Xinhua


At remote villages in the county, locals experienced the changes following a visit by Xi Jinping in December 2012, shortly after he was elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

"The general secretary said during his tour to our village that he would like us to get rid of poverty and become better off as soon as possible. Today, I want to let him know that we've made it," said Gu Chenghu, a villager from Gujiatai village in Fuping County, Hebei Province.

When Xi visited Gujiatai village five years ago, Gu had nothing but a bunch of corn in his shabby yard. He felt helpless to take care of his sick wife and son.

In Luotuowan village, another village in Fuping County, 428 out of 608 villagers were living in poverty when Xi visited there in 2012. In 2013, nearly half of the residents of Fuping County were living in poverty.

Deep in the Taihang Mountains, Fuping is one of the country's old revolutionary bases. It has scarce fertile land, low levels of education and a high poverty rate.

During his 2012 trip to the county, Xi told officials to work hard to help villagers in poverty live better lives as soon as possible.

In the following four years, the country introduced 126 poverty alleviation and development plans, including selecting more capable and suitable officials to guide poverty relief work at different levels.

"We have selected a group of officials in their 40s with rich work experience in rural areas and appointed them to key posts in towns," said county party secretary Hao Guochi.

Officials were dispatched according to their abilities, according to Hao. For example, officials with business savvy were sent to poverty-stricken villages, while officials with specialized industrial knowledge were sent to villages with an industrial base.

Thanks to their efforts, Gu and his wife have gained access to social assistance programs and endowment insurance. The family's income has also increased to more than 5,000 yuan (about 750 U.S. dollars) from their farmland.

Gu is not the only who has pulled himself out of poverty in Fuping. The county's registered impoverished population dropped to 35,700 in 2016 from nearly 110,000 people in 2013.

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