10 million more people to get rid of poverty in China this year

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BEIJING, March 7 (APP)::China in its fight against poverty will help 10 million more people get rid of poverty this year, Liu Yongfu, head of the Office
of the State Council’s Leading Group for Poverty Alleviation and Development said on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference regarding the country’s targeted poverty alleviation efforts on the sidelines of this year’s
Two Sessions, he said, “At the end of 2012, the country had 99 million people living in poverty, and the number was reduced to
30.5 million at the end of 2017.
More than 68 million people have been lifted out of poverty over the last five years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also
pointed out in this year’s government work report.
“In five years, the income increase in poor areas is 2.5 percentage points higher than that in rural areas across the
country,” he added.
Liu said that infrastructure and public services in poverty-stricken areas are significantly improved through massive investment.
“The ecological environment in poor areas also sees improvements through the relocation of the poor from inhospitable
areas, the conversion of farmland to forests and the arrangement for rangers,” he added.
He said despite the decisive progress achieved in poverty alleviation, there are still 30 million people living in poverty.