Uzbek instructor shares China's poverty alleviation experience with world

Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about poverty alleviation efforts at an organic daylily farm in Yunzhou District of Datong City, north China's Shanxi Province, May 11, 2020. - Xinhua

HEFEI (Xinhua): Shahboz Babaev was not surprised when he read the news that China had removed all 832 remaining impoverished counties from the poverty list.

The last nine counties, all in southwest China's Guizhou Province, had eliminated absolute poverty, the provincial government announced last week.

"The Chinese concept of promoting unity in eradicating poverty is a great example and worth being learned by other countries," said Babaev, an Uzbek lecturer in economics at the Anhui Finance and Trade Vocational College in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province.

The 28-year-old's thoughts are not groundless. Babaev had paid a visit to the Dabie Mountains, one of the poorest areas in central China, where he met local people and witnessed the changes in their lives.

He has written an article based on the information collected during his trip in October and plans to share it on his social media account.

In the deep mountains, he met Ge Dali, 54, one of the formerly impoverished villagers living in Tiansi Village in the city of Qianshan.

The adobe cattle shed used to be Ge's house where his family members lived for nearly 40 years.

"It's dark and wet, with few windows and leaking roofs. I have never seen such a shabby house before," Babaev said.

Suffering from slipped discs, Ge was unable to farm for years. His family was registered as an impoverished household in 2014.

"My name Dali means 'big strength' in Chinese, but I was strengthless to shake off poverty due to the back problem," Ge told Babaev.

Following the government policy to cover most medical bills for poor households, Ge received surgery on his back.

Then, with the government funds and bank loans, he started raising cattle and goats and planting rice and tea, bringing home 50,000 yuan (about 7,600 U.S. dollars) in 2019.

Next to his old shack, Ge built a new two-story house equipped with electric appliances.

By the end of 2019, more than 87,100 impoverished residents, including Ge, were lifted out of poverty in Qianshan, bringing the incidence of poverty to 0.31 percent from 16.93 percent in 2014.

During his trip, Babaev found a country road built to connect different scenic spots in the mountains, which allows local people to make a living by engaging in the tourism business.

"Massive investment in infrastructures such as roads and electricity has connected remote and impoverished regions to the rest of the country, giving people better access to services, markets and other opportunities to build better lives," Babaev said in his article.

He also met Zhang Chuanfeng, a man with a disability, who livestreamed and sold his hometown specialties such as honey and sweet potatoes online.

China is set to eliminate absolute poverty by the end of this year, and meet the poverty eradication goal set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule.

Since the reform and opening up, about 800 million Chinese people have cast off poverty, representing over 70 per cent of global poverty reduction. For seven consecutive years, China lifted more than 10 million people out of poverty every year.

The Chinese government has dispatched Party officials to impoverished villages to support local governments in carrying out a set of specific measures to reduce poverty. The dispatch, according to Babaev, is a necessary and effective way to meet the target.

Babaev expects to become a public servant in Uzbekistan someday in the future.

"I've learned so much about China's fight against poverty from this trip, and I hope to bring these lessons back to my country," he said.

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