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China shares strategy to defeat poverty with Asean

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MANILA (Xinhua) – China has shared its strategy on how it won the fight against poverty with its Southeast Asian neighbors in an anti-poverty forum being held here.

Officials and experts from China and the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) are attending the 12th Asean-China Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction to deepen cooperation and discuss new measures on how to eradicate poverty across the region. The meeting began Wednesday.

After 40 years of reform and opening-up, more than 800 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty, which contributes more than 70 per cent of the world’s total poverty reduction endeavour, the forum was informed.

Chen Zhigang, deputy head of China’s State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, told the forum that in the last five years alone, the scale of poverty in China had been greatly reduced.

“The poor population in rural areas has been reduced by 68.53 million in total, and the incidence of poverty has dropped to 3.1 per cent. The number of poor counties has witnessed a net reduction for the first time,” Mr Chen said.

In the past five years, Mr Chen added, “the living standards of the impoverished (Chinese) population have improved significantly”.

“The average annual disposable income per capita of rural residents in poverty-stricken areas has increased by 10.4 percent, and the gap with the national average has further narrowed,” Mr Chen said.

With the theme “Enhancing Poverty Reduction Partnerships for an Asean-China Community with a Shared Future,” the forum brings together 120 government officials and experts from the Asean and China to discuss new measures in addressing the poverty situation within the region.

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