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West China

More people in Tibet's tourist city shake off poverty

2019-09-04 09:37:02

LHASA, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- The city of Nyingchi in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has made good progress in poverty eradication, the government of the city has announced.

The local government said more than 23,000 people in the city have been lifted out of poverty since 2016, with the poverty headcount ratio of the city dropping from 16.4 percent to 0.33 percent.

The city has striven to develop tourism and special husbandry to promote employment and increase the income of local impoverished residents. A total of 510 targeted poverty alleviation projects have been carried out since 2016, with 385 completed.

Vice Mayor Xu Longhai said that so far, the city has invested nearly 1.65 billion yuan (about 230 million U.S. dollars) in poverty alleviation projects.

All six counties and one district of the city have shaken off poverty as planned, according to the local government.

The battle against poverty is one of the "three tough battles" that the country must win to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020. To achieve the goal, China needs to lift around 30 million poor rural residents out of poverty between 2018 and 2020.

Editor:Jiang Yiwei