BEIJING: China has appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent remarks on its poverty alleviation campaign, saying Beijing is ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with other countries in poverty reduction.
During a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China is ready to make greater contribution to build a poverty-free community with a shared future for mankind featuring common development.
In his video message screened at the Forum on the 20th Anniversary of Juncao Assistance and Sustainable Development Cooperation last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that China was a role model for developing countries in poverty alleviation for it brought 800 million people out of poverty over the past four decades.
“China appreciates the positive remarks by Prime Minister Imran Khan,” the spokesperson said when asked to comment on Prime Minister Imran Khan calling China a role model for developing countries in poverty alleviation.
The Chinese spokesperson said by the end of 2020, China had fulfilled its poverty alleviation target for the new era as scheduled, lifting nearly 100 million impoverished rural residents living below the current poverty line out of poverty.
“Since the beginning of reform and opening-up, 770 million rural residents in China have been lifted out of poverty. According to the World Bank criteria, the Chinese population lifted out of poverty accounts for over 70 percent of the world’s total over the same period of time,” the spokesperson added.
He said China has achieved the poverty reduction goal set in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ten years ahead of schedule which has enabled hundreds of millions of Chinese people to live a better life, and significantly reduced the impoverished population in the world.
“China’s successful poverty reduction shows that poverty is not invincible. The path of poverty reduction with Chinese characteristics offers a Chinese solution to the challenges of modern state governance.”
“China is ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with other countries in poverty reduction and make greater contribution to the building of a poverty-free community with a shared future for mankind featuring common development,” he concluded.