Xinhua Headlines: China's poverty fight: fairies, guitars and grassroots wits
China's historic campaign to wipe out poverty is drawing inspiration from both the central leadership and many obscure mountain villages.
"Apart from 'blood transfusion,' China is building 'blood production functions' for these areas, with measures including developing industries and promoting education," she said.
In mountainous Guizhou, one of China's least developed provinces, stories abound of local innovation turning the outpour of national support into self-development.
Aerial photo taken on April 11, 2019 shows a settlement for poverty relief relocation in Sansui County, southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)
Gaibao Village, once classified as a "deeply impoverished area," represents the grassroots ingenuity and flexibility of China's anti-poverty campaign as it steers into the country's least developed areas.
Liu Chengliang, researcher on rural poverty reduction with Soochow University, said the precision approach not only pools resources for the nation's poverty fight, but also prioritizes troubleshooting and allows for pragmatism.
"What face China's poverty alleviation campaign now are the poorest of the poor, who can hardly pull themselves out of the mire by simply receiving transfusion of funds and resources," said Sun Zhaoxia, professor and researcher on poverty reduction at Guizhou Minzu University.
Members of the "Seven Dong Fairies" take a selfie after taking video clips in Gaibao Village of Liping County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, July, 11, 2019. (Xinhua/Liu Zhiqiang)
Experts said these areas feature weak industry foundations, adverse natural environments and poorly educated populations that lack motivation. Tackling poverty there forced China to walk out of its comfort zone.
As the first developing country to pass the poverty reduction mark in UN Millennium Development Goals, China has slashed its population living in poverty by more than 700 million since 1978, when the reform and opening-up drive was launched.
The central government has announced it would allocate 214 billion yuan from 2018 to 2020 to places where abject poverty still persists. More resources have also been promised to support various anti-poverty initiatives, including financial and ecological anti-poverty approaches and the establishment of area-specific industries.
A worker makes guitars in the guitar industrial park in Zheng'an County of Zunyi, southwest China's Guizhou Province, March 31, 2018. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)
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His fairy team recently recruited a college graduate, who had worked in the e-commerce sector in Hangzhou City, hoping her expertise could promote online sales of local farm produce.