The official WeChat account of China’s Bijie City Party Committee’s Propaganda Department recently published an article reporting that local officials were praised for reporting important national security-related information.
This year an official denounced an “overseas anti-China media channel” for repeated “illegal interviews” in Bijie city. The foreign media reported negative news about the effect of the local “poverty eradication” campaign. Later, the official received “Moral Praise and Material Reward” from the CCP Ministry of State Security and the Guizhou Provincial National Security Bureau.
This article does not specify the name of the foreign media channel involved.
The official media channel of Shanghai Guancha News reported on Oct. 10 that the U.S. media channel National Public Radio (NPR) sent an overseas Chinese reporter to Bijie city. Emily Feng “visited” the city in April this year and reported on conditions there. Guancha News then accused her of deliberately picking out some people’s statements to smear the “country’s achievements in hunger eradication and poverty alleviation.”
Guancha News then “attacked” journalist Emily Feng. In addition to NPR, Guancha News also listed a series of media channels that have “smeared China’s achievements in poverty reduction,” such as the New York Times, AP, The Washington Post, BBC, CNN, and AFP, etc.
This media channel then published articles praising the CCP’s poverty alleviation work.
CCTV ‘exposes’ fraud on poverty alleviation
On Feb. 25 this year, President Xi Jinping announced that he had achieved “total victory” in the fight to “eliminate hunger and reduce poverty,” saying it was a “miracle in the world,” created under his leadership. Furthermore, on the 100th anniversary of the CCP’s founding on July 1, 2021, Xi stated that China had built a well-off society in all respects.
On April 24 this year, the CCP’s mouthpiece Xin Hua exposed the fake “poverty eradication” case in Luonan county, Shaanxi province. The district had declared itself out of poverty in Feb. 2020.
According to the article, officials in Lingkou town, Luonan district, Shaanxi province, gathered all households in the villages that needed support for assessment by superiors. Those in need were slated for transfer to a resettlement site. However, the resettlement area was not even connected to water. After approval, no one cares about the lives of these households anymore.
Ding Xianfeng, a resident of another village in the county, told CCTV News that they had to travel over an hour to get water from neighboring Henan Province. Water costs $7.70 to $9.20 per ton, Xin Hua reported.
After the poverty alleviation fraud scandal was exposed, the Shaanxi government immediately “refused the rumor.”
‘Escape from poverty’ with Chinese characteristic
According to standards set by the CCP, an individual with an annual income over $620 is considered “out of poverty.”
However, according to the data released by the World Bank in 2018, a person’s daily living expenses of $5.50 marks the poverty line. Therefore, less than $3.20 to $1.90 is classified as extremely poor.
At the end of May 2020, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in a press conference in Bihui that 600 million Chinese have a monthly income of less than $155. The outside world widely considers this statement explains the failure of the CCP in poverty alleviation.