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We have a country that doesn’t worry about poverty anymore, says President Xi in New Year’s address

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By IKENNA EMEWU

Chinese leader, President Xi Jinping has addressed his country, taking stock of the achievements of the year that just expired in China.

He described the year 2021 as “a year of exceptional significance. We have lived through landmark events in the history of our Party and our country. At the historical convergence of the Two Centenary Goals, we have set out on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in all respects and are making confident strides on the path toward the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

In a landmark stocktaking, Xi says his country has achieved the feat where citizens no longer worry about food, shelter, clothing, and other basics of life.

This was his confirmation that China has within the past 43 years of her Reforms and Opening Up overcome abject poverty among 1.41 billion people.

On a remarkable note, Xi celebrated China’s success over extreme poverty among the largest cluster of human population in the world.

He sounded elated that: “The concerns of the people are what I always care about, and the aspirations of the people are what I always strive for. Having worked in the countryside myself, I know precisely what poverty feels like. Thanks to the sustained efforts of the Chinese people from generation to generation, those who once lived in poverty no longer have to worry about food or clothing, or access to education, housing, and medical insurance. Realization of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and elimination of extreme poverty is what the CPC has delivered to our people, and it is also a contribution to the world. To ensure that everyone leads a better life, we must never rest on what we have achieved, and there is still a long way to go.

As of 2019, the World Bank figure for people living under abject poverty globally was 689 million and in 2021, it said the number increased by 150 million as a result of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Among this figure, however, the world’s largest economy, the USA has 10.4% or 34 million people also living under the poverty line of US$1.90 income per day.

This achievement, therefore, stands China out as above board in such basic attainment.

On the relationship of the country with the world, Xi noted that: “To date, China has provided two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 120 countries and international organizations. Only through unity, solidarity and cooperation can countries around the world write a new chapter in building a community with a shared future for mankind.”

He further noted that “in my phone calls and virtual meetings with foreign leaders and heads of international organizations, I have heard many times plaudits for China’s fight against COVID-19 and contribution to the global COVID response.

My greetings to you all. The year 2022 is approaching. From Beijing, I extend New Year wishes to all of you!

“From the beginning to the end of the year, the Chinese people have been hard at work in the fields, enterprises, communities, schools, hospitals, barracks, and research institutes, among other places. Throughout the year, we have put in our efforts, contributed our part, and received much in return. In the passage of time, we have seen and experienced a resilient and dynamic China, a country with its amicable and respectable people, a country developing rapidly with each passing day, and a country making continual progress in all its undertakings.

On July 1, we solemnly celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Standing on the Tian’anmen Rostrum, one could only marvel at the extraordinary journey traveled by this major Party, a journey of Chinese Communists leading the Chinese people, in their hundreds of millions, in an unyielding struggle against all obstacles and challenges, and scoring spectacular, epoch-making achievements over the past century. To accomplish our great mission, we must always remain true to our original aspirations. Only through vigorous and determined endeavor can we fulfill our responsibility to history, prove worthy of our times, and live up to people’s expectations.”

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