With the Chinese New Year approaching, Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping recently visited Guizhou, the last province to be “lifted out of poverty,” sparking renewed interest in the Communist Party’s “anti-poverty” campaign. The CCP’s poverty eradication campaign has been criticized by outsiders for being riddled with corruption and falsification. The U.S. media reported that Xi Jinping could not do without the campaign under the CCP system, and that tossing and turning is a way for Xi to protect himself and a means to rule.
On February 3, Xi Jinping visited Guizhou province, according to comprehensive media reports. In the afternoon of the same day, Xi visited Hwaya Village in Xinren Miao Township, Qianxi County, Bijie City, where he watched handmade Miao embroidery garments and special trinkets in a “poverty alleviation workshop”.
On Feb. 4, Xi also visited the Guiyang City Guanshan Lake District, Guizhou Province, to see the market supply, the supply and sale of New Year’s goods, and the operation of prices before the Chinese New Year.
Xi Jinping proposed five years ago the “war on poverty alleviation”, proposing that by 2020, the rural poor would be lifted out of poverty, all poverty would be removed, and the problem of overall regional poverty would be solved. The authorities even claimed to achieve a moderately prosperous society by 2020.
The CCP’s campaign to eradicate poverty has been accused of corruption and falsification, and there have been many cases of falsification in the CCP’s poverty alleviation efforts. Since last year, China’s economy has been in trouble due to the impact of the Communist Party’s virus Epidemic, and it is widely believed that the Communist Party’s top-level task of eradicating poverty and building a moderately prosperous society has been derailed.
In late May 2020, CCP Premier Li Keqiang said at a press conference at the National People’s Congress that 600 million people in China earn less than 1,000 yuan a month, which was more than likely seen by outsiders as actually explaining the authorities’ failure to alleviate poverty.
Xi Jinping’s visit to Guizhou on New Year’s Eve attracted much attention in the context of the Chinese Communist Party authorities’ claim to have “completed the task of poverty eradication” last year.
On Nov. 23, 2020, the Guizhou provincial government announced that the last nine counties in the province had withdrawn from the list of poverty-stricken counties.
CCTV reported that this was the last group of counties in China to be removed from the list of poor counties, marking the completion of the goal of “eradicating poverty nationwide by 2020”.
However, on November 25, 2020, the State Council’s Poverty Alleviation Office under Li Keqiang said that the removal of poverty from all poor counties does not mean full poverty eradication, and that the central government should decide whether to remove poverty or not.
On December 3, 2020, Xi Jinping again announced at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China that the target task of poverty eradication would be completed as scheduled.
Dr. Cheng Xiaonong of Princeton University has long pointed out that in China, where the truth is blocked and public opinion is manipulated, it is easy for the CCP to achieve the goal of “eliminating poor counties.
He said that although the situation is getting worse and worse, after the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda media and statistics bureau make up the results, the results will become dressed up according to the authorities’ needs, and it does not matter if they are true or not, only the Chinese Communist Party itself cares. Rural farmers will not rejoice just because the Communist Party announces that it has “eliminated poor counties”; they will still have a hard Time.