China's Xinjiang lifts millions out of poverty

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Workers package seasoning in a food factory in Yanqi County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 18, 2020. The county has seen its red peppers planting, tomatoes planting and red wines making boom thanks to its favorable natural condition, which features abundant sunshine, big temperature difference between day and night, and fewer pests. [Xinhua]

Nearly 3 million residents were lifted out of poverty in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region from 2014 to 2019, local authorities said on Friday.

A total of 737,000 households, or more than 2.92 million residents, cast off poverty in the region during the period, with the poverty rate decreasing to 1.24 percent from 19.4 percent in 2013, according to the information office of the regional government.

The per capita disposable income for urban and rural residents reached 34,664 yuan (about 4,898 U.S. dollars) and 13,122 yuan respectively in 2019, said Iljan Anagyit, spokesperson of the office.

The remaining poverty-stricken population in the region's rural area will all be lifted out of poverty this year, Iljan Anagyit said. 

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