In November 2020, Chinese mouthpiece outlets declared that all 832 national-level poverty-stricken counties had “got out of” poverty, meaning China had accomplished the national goal of alleviating poverty.

However, a video that netizens have widely shared recently contradicts China’s regime’s claims.

The video recorded a wedding banquet in Da Liangshan, Sichuan province. The scenes in the video reveal the harsh living conditions of the people.

The meal at the wedding only consisted of pickled cabbage tofu soup and steamed buns. The newlyweds’ residence is dilapidated, with no furniture or appliances.

According to The Diplomat, in 2020, General Secretary of the China Communist Party Xi Jinping stated that the poverty alleviation campaign his organization ran was a “complete victory,” a “miracle for mankind,” and China’s great contribution to the world.

Chinese media has hailed it as a tremendous success for the leadership of the CCP. At the same time, it states that such a success would be impossible without the “institutional advantage” of the Chinese party-state political system.

Most of the poor in China live in rural areas. The Diplomat said that CCP’s regime claimed they had made great achievements in poverty reduction. Still, it failed to address the root cause of rural poverty: the underdeveloped rural human capital.

The Washington-based news magazine cited research showing that 63% of rural students drop out before graduating high school. Furthermore, students suffer many problems, including malnutrition, health problems, and a lack of early childhood development.

Besides, over half of rural babies in China face malnutrition. Over half of the rural children are developmentally stunted, with an IQ lower than 90, because of a lack of early childhood education. 40% percent of schoolchildren in rural China have intestinal worms, and over 30%t of rural students have vision problems but do not have glasses.

Quoting The 2015 CCP Central Committee and State Council Decision to Achieve Victory in the Poverty Elimination Campaign, The Diplomat said that facing this tremendous challenge; the Chinese government is not doing enough to address the rural human capital development problem. 

The CCP’s poverty elimination campaign primarily focuses on lifting poor households above the poverty line of 4,000 renminbi (619 dollars) per person per year and providing basic needs such as food, closing, medical services, education, and housing.

Meanwhile, the CCP’s existing rural education policy creates a distortion because it focuses on quantity rather than quality.

The Diplomat concluded, “Without real gains in rural human capital development, the elimination of poverty might be fragile and ephemeral. As opportunities close because of China’s slowing economic growth, finding low-skill jobs will become increasingly difficult. Without the capability to learn and upgrade their skill sets, rural peasant workers will soon find themselves stuck at the bottom rungs of the social ladder. In the worst-case scenario, they will find themselves falling back into poverty again once the campaign ends.”

Many Chinese, who the government claims have benefited from its poverty alleviation policy, also say the reality is not what Beijing claims it to be. This suggests that the CCP’s poverty exit rate statistics may be overstated.

Zhu, a farmer from Northeast China, told China News that his villagers are starving to death, and the so-called poverty alleviation is impossible. 

Zhu further mentioned another farmer’s case named Chen Dagang. The government has appropriated Chen’s land without compensation or subsistence allowances. Then, he had no choice but to pick up leftover rotting and sour food to survive.

Zhu further mentioned another farmer’s case named Chen Dagang. The government has appropriated Chen’s land without compensation or subsistence allowances. Then, he had no choice but to pick up leftover stinky and sour food to survive. 

Liang, a relief volunteer in Daliangshan, told Da Ji Yuan that many people have become poorer since the government targeted poverty alleviation. Some only eat rice meals a few times yearly, while their children hardly ever get to bathe properly. He also said there is no toilet paper. 

In August last year, Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, revealed information that contradicts what Xi claims and CCP’s media propagate. To some extent, Li’s disclosure is consistent with the accusations of many Chinese people.

Li said during a press conference that “there are still some 600 million people whose monthly income is barely 1,000 RMB ($US145). It’s not even enough to rent a room in mid-sized Chinese cities.”

Writer Zizhu Zhang cited data indicating in an article on Jiemodui that only 3% of China’s population has a bachelor’s degree, and 30 million people are poor beyond imagination.

After analyzing the data, he concluded in an article on Wenxuecity that only 5% of China’s population has an income of 5,000 yuan/month (nearly 741 dollars) or more.

However, the reality shows that the Chinese people are better off. But it may not be thanks to CCP’s poverty reduction policy.

After taking power in a civil war with the Kuomintang in 1949, the CCP implemented a series of policies that caused the Chinese economy to collapse. The climax was after Mao Zedong and CCP performed the Great Leap Forward campaign that caused the Chinese people to experience a terrible famine for three years (1958-1961).

Next, the CCP carried out the Cultural Revolution, causing China to continue to fall into a serious crisis.

Deng Xiaoping and CCP were forced to open the door when China reached an impasse. The economy had been gripped for decades, and the wave of foreign investment quickly helped China recover.

But more importantly, after being impoverished, the Chinese people have made great efforts to rise up. They work hard and help themselves get out of poverty.

BBC cited Economist David Rennie saying that “Chinese people, by working extremely hard, lifted themselves out of poverty – in part because some of the stupidest economic policies ever created, by Chairman Mao, were abandoned in favor of versions of capitalism.”

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