Xi Jinping's Semi-Suburban Economic Model lifts county out of poverty

Traveling treacherous terrains, gathering information and fostering poverty relief programs, Chinese President Xi Jinping has left his footprint in all 221 villages and 25 communes in Zhengding, a once impoverished county in Shijiazhuang City, north China's Hebei Province. He worked there for more than three years and helped locals lift themselves out of poverty.

A large number of people still lived in poverty in the 1980s when the country launched its policy of reform and opening-up, the biggest-ever economic reform since 1949, and started witnessing rapid economic expansion. In 1982, Xi volunteered to lead Zhengding's development by leveraging the opportunities brought by the opening-up policy.

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