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Responses of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa to China-related Report on Business Day

We have noted that on February 25, the Business Day carried a Bloomberg report titled “Xi builds his brand as he hails fight against poverty in China”, which distorts and misinterprets China’s achievements in poverty alleviation in disregard of the facts. The Chinese Embassy in South Africa is firmly opposed to this report and we would like to make the following responses.

It is a fact recognized by the international community including South Africa that China has scored a complete victory in its fight against extreme poverty, and created another miracle that will go down in history. Despite the pandemic unseen in a century and the devastating floods, China has managed to achieve its poverty alleviation goals as scheduled, lifting nearly 100 million rural population out of abject poverty. China has also realized the poverty reduction goals set out in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule. Among the total world population out of poverty in the same period, 70% of them are from China. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that China has made the biggest contribution to global poverty reduction. China has lifted 800 million people out of abject poverty, which will go down as a glorious chapter in the history of poverty reduction of humankind. Rita Ozomena, a scholar of the University of Johannesburg, believes that China has scored a series of great achievements in improving people’s livelihood and reducing poverty. China truly puts people first and strives for the well-being of the people.

Facts have proved that without the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China with General Secretary Xi Jinping at its core, China’s fight against poverty would not have achieved a complete victory. This is an undeniable fact. Since its founding, the Communist Party of China has made the pursuit of the happiness of the people and rejuvenation of the nation its original mission, and has united and led the Chinese people in a long and arduous struggle to create a better life. In the past eight years, General Secretary Xi Jinping has provided relentless personal guidance for poverty alleviation efforts. He has presided over seven central conferences on poverty alleviation, conducted more than 50 on-site investigations on poverty reduction efforts, and visited 14 contiguous poverty-stricken areas. During the same period, more than 1,800 CPC members have also sacrificed their lives in the fight against poverty.

The draft proposal for the 14th Five-Year Plan, adopted at the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee at the end of last year, for the first time calls for “more substantial progress in achieving common prosperity for all people”, which embodies the CPC’s people-centered development philosophy. That is why the Communist Party of China enjoys broad and firm support of the Chinese people. According to a 13-year survey by Harvard University, Chinese people’s satisfaction rate with the Communist Party of China and the government is more than 93 percent and is still rising. With over 90 million members, the Communist Party of China will continue to work for a better life for the Chinese people.

Actions speak louder than words. Prejudices mislead and hurt others as well as oneself. We sincerely welcome the South African media to report on China in an objective and unbiased manner. Respecting facts and preventing the spread of fallacies is the professional ethics and responsibility of any serious and reputable media practitioner. We sincerely hope that the Business Day and other local media can show real professionalism in their China-related reports, instead of being used as a mouthpiece for disinformation about China fabricated by a few people with anti-China bias. The Chinese Embassy in South Africa is ready to continue its cooperation with the Business Day to present a true and objective picture of China to the South African people.

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