By James Muyanwa
In 2019, I was privileged to visit China and upon by return I wrote one of the articles that
the biggest thrill I got while visiting was on the progress the government of that vast
country had made to eradicate absolute poverty among its citizens.
I stated then and still do, that the subject of poverty eradication or reduction among
citizens is always a critical one and melts my heart for obvious reason.
For eight years, from 2012 to 2020, the Communist Party of China (CPC) government was targeting to lift the final almost 100 million impoverished rural residents living under the poverty datum-line.
The time I wrote the previous article on the matter, it had remained with exactly one year
to the expiry of that deadline on December 31, 2021.
In observance of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC which fell on Thursday last week, I have decided to look at the outcome of that eight-year effort as at the expiry of the deadline last December. Using the governance system popularly referred to by leaders and nationals as, ‘democratic dictatorship’ China continued rescuing its
citizens from the fangs of poverty and its offshoots.
The targeted citizens were part of the 1.4 billion population of that country. The humongous and most populous nation on earth has transformed itself from a developing country, into a force to reckon with and an economic power engine, second only to the United States. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced China’s eradication of extreme
poverty at a national commendation conference in February this year
after the expiry of the December-31.
The preceding is the opinion of the author and doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of CGTN Africa, its employees, or staff.
James Muyanwa is Times of Zambia News Editor with 20 years of experience as a journalist and a lawyer by training. He has written a number of articles about China-Zambia relations after his trip to China in 2019 where he visited some impoverished counties and was impressed by the life improvement of the people there.