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South China's Guangxi shakes off absolute poverty

Xinhua
21 Nov 2020, 18:30 GMT+10

In this combo photo, the upper part taken on Jan. 10, 2018 shows the Megantun area before relocation in Dongjia Village of Lihu Yao Township, and the lower part taken on Aug. 4, 2020 with a drone shows the poverty-relief relocation site for villagers from Megantun, in Nandan County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Zhou Hua)

NANNING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, home to the country's largest ethnic minority population, has lifted all its 54 poverty-stricken counties out of poverty.

The last eight impoverished counties in the region, including six ethnic minority autonomous counties, have eliminated absolute poverty, the regional government announced on Friday.

In this combo photo, the left part taken on May 10, 2019 with a drone shows children on their way home after school in Nongyong Village, and the right part taken on Sept. 3, 2012 shows children stepping down the hanging ladders to school in Nongyong Village of Dahua Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

In this combo photo, the upper part taken on Feb. 9, 2017 shows villager Bai Yulu (1st R) and her family sitting at the front door of their former residence in Jiaba Village, and the lower part taken on Aug. 18, 2020 shows Bai (1st L) sitting with her family at the front door of their new house at a poverty-relief resettlement site in Xia'ao Town of Du'an Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Lu Boan)

In this combo photo, the upper part taken on May 8, 2019 shows students living at the new dormitory of Nongyong primary school, and the lower part taken on Dec. 26, 2012 shows the students lying on shared beds before sleep at the Nongyong primary school, in Dahua Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

In this combo photo, the upper part taken on Nov. 11, 2019 shows the aerial view of Bahao Village with cement roads meandering through the village, and the lower part taken on Jan. 26, 2016 shows villagers carrying purchases for the Spring Festival on back to return home on unpaved roads in Bahao Village of Dahua Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

In this combo photo, the upper part taken on July 14, 2009 shows the road leading to Shangbaotun of Jialiu Village; the lower part taken on June 7, 2018 shows a road in Shangbaotun of Jialiu Village, in Napo County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.(Xinhua/Zhang Ailin)

Since 2016, nearly 73 billion yuan (11.11 billion U.S. dollars) have been allocated to poverty alleviation projects across the region, covering fields of infrastructure, employment, education, and medical and healthcare services.

Guangxi, as one of the areas in China facing the worst stony desertification, has poured over 48 billion yuan in upgrading roads in rural areas since 2016, according to the regional department of transportation.

Villagers in stony deserts have also benefited from relocation projects to shake off poverty. In the past five years, Guangxi has relocated around 710,000 people from remote and uninhabitable mountainous areas to the central regions of counties and cities.

With over 20 million people of various ethnic minority groups out of the total population of 50 million people, Guangxi's anti-poverty achievement has brought the country one step closer to the goal of ending poverty by the end of 2020.

A villager tosses a shrimping coop into a shrimp pond at a rice-shrimp rotation farming base in Shangtang Village of Wuxuan County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Cao Yiming)

Children have fun at a poverty-relief resettlement site in Xia'ao Town of Du'an Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Aug. 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Cao Yiming)

Farmer Qin Yongling displays eggs at a chicken farm in Renyuan Village of Jinji Township in Wuxuan County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Cao Yiming)

Children play at a poverty-relief resettlement site in Xia'ao Town of Du'an Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Aug. 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Hua)

Aerial photo taken on July 22, 2020 shows the newly-built water tanks in Anlan Village of Du'an Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Zhou Hua)

Aerial photo taken on Oct. 28, 2020 shows the roads in Daxing Town of Du'an Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Lu Boan)

Aerial photo taken on Oct. 28, 2020 shows a view of Du'an Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.(Xinhua/Lu Boan)■

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