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Chinese village climbs out of poverty

J iangxi province: -- A poor area in Shenshan village in Jinggangshan city, Jiangxi province, is rapidly developing and its inhabitants are finally rising above poverty.

A senior provincial official, Mr Xiong Bin, recently told visiting journalists that during the revolution, people in this village participated in the movement for change.

Homes in Shenshan village, Jinggangshan city, Jiangxi province, China.

I n February last year, President Xi Jinping visited Jinggangshan and called in at Shenshan village to learn more about the poverty alleviation programme there.

“That day it was very cold and there was snow and ice on the ground, but President Xi came to this village to see the people here,” Mr Xiong said.

The village is home to 54 households of 231 people and authorities calculate that about 50 people are still living in poverty.

Jiangxi is popular for its forest-covered mountains, including Jianggan mountain, and for being a cradle of the Chinese revolution and the cornerstone of the People's Republic of China.

Jinggangshan is now a city with 48 percent of its Gross Domestic Product coming from tourism which brought one million tourists to its more than 100 historic revolutionary relics and sites in 2016.

Foreign journalists visited some of these places, such as the Jianggangshan Revolutionary Museum, Huangyangjie Defensive Fight, the wooden Red Army hospital and Chairman Mao Zedong's former residence in Dajing village.

In line with the central government's goal to eliminate poverty by 2020, Jinggangshan spent nearly RMB460 million (US$66 million) on poverty alleviation projects in 2016.

Jiangxi TV, one of the top 10 urban television channels in China, has expressed its intention to expand cooperation with counterparts in Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines.

Deputy Director of Jiangxi TV Mr Li Jianguo said cooperation with Asean countries is necessary under the Belt and Road Initiative, a major economic integration initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.

He said Jiangxi TV has existing cooperation with some Asian countries like Japan and the Republic of Korea in making documentaries and films.

Progress is being made in the co-production of documentaries but the television station hopes to expand cooperation because Asean countries are participants in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Mr Li said more than 100,000 tourists from Asian countries, particularly from Japan and the Republic of Korea, come to Jiangxi every year.

Jiangxi has many good things and beautiful places to offer for television viewers in Asian countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, he added.


By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update September 2, 2017)

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