Targeted poverty relief: China's way to achieve prosperity

China officially announced its victory in eradicating absolute poverty on Thursday. Targeted poverty alleviation, a strategy of tailoring relief policies to different local conditions, has played a key role in the country's poverty reduction cause.

The concept was put forward in November 2013, when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Shibadong, a Miao ethnic minority village nestled in the mountains of central China's Hunan Province.

Poverty relief should be "meticulous like doing embroidery," rather than akin to "killing fleas with a hand grenade," said Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

China explored a slew of targeted and scientific alleviation measures, which requires officials to identify actual impoverished people and the factors that caused their poverty.

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