Poverty, climate, space: China’s progress over the past ten years has the Xi Jinping Regime leading the charge.

The government of Xi Jinping’s China has lifted millions of people out of poverty, launched spacecrafts on the Moon and has committed itself to reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Nearing the possibility of securing an additional election, president is able to be proud of the accomplishments he has made in his first 10 years of office, although some have limitations.

Here AFP reviews some of the major developments achieved under Xi:

the end of extreme poverty

Xi Jinping

Its Communist Party prides itself on being “at the service of the people” Therefore the announcement by Beijing in 2020 that it had brought about an the end of extreme poverty welcomed as a major moment in history.

The living conditions of the people and their livestock, as well as the accessibility to school were just a few of the elements that officials analyzed during door-to-door visits.

The Chinese government announced that it had made investments of 1.6 trillion dollars ($230 billion) between 2013 and 2021 to increase living standards, for instance, by building roads, homes and other infrastructure.

Many rural families are being moved to towns with better economic prospects.

In the year following Xi was elected president in 2013, the country’s population was 82 million. Chinese residents lived in poverty to the point of extreme according data from World Bank data. In 2019, the number stood at six million.

Yet, Xi warned in 2020: “The task of consolidating and expanding the achievements of poverty alleviation remains difficult.”

– Wealth surge –

Xi Jinping wealth surge

The average disposable income for an urban household grew by from 2013 to 2020, as per official figures.

In rural households, it increased by to 82 percent during the same time.

Cars per urban home increased from 0.22 from 2012, to 0.45 in 2020. Meanwhile, the number of mobile phones increased by 2.17 up to 2.49 per household living in urban areas during the same time.

However, the price of housing has quadrupled in recent years, putting pressure on buying power.

Migrants — workers who have relocated from rural areas into cities for workhas significantly increased their income, according to Jean-Louis Rocca, an expert on Chinese political movements and social change at Sciences Po in Paris.

“But with rent increases, education costs and the need to dress fashionably to fit in, their situation — which has improved in medium-sized cities — has often stagnated or even declined in large metropolises,” Rocca said.

– Space programme -.

Xi Jinping

A source of pride for the nation China’s space program has helped narrow the gap between the US, Russia and Europe.

Rovers made it to their way to the Moon between 2013 and again in 2019 — and the latter was the first to ever make an easy landing on the Moon’s far side.

A second unmanned spacecraft was scheduled to return on Earth in 2020, bringing some of the first samples from the moon to be collected over the course of four decades.

In the same year, the satellite-based navigation technology Beidou was created as a competitor of that of the American GPS.

After landing the initial robot Mars in the year 2000, China is expected to complete its space station by 2022.

A crackdown on corruption

From civil servants and ministers in the government Generals of the army to bank executives, 11.3 million people were issued warnings in discipline cases in the period between 2012-2022 in the report of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection as well as 4.7 million were questioned for more serious offenses.

At the very least, 1.5 million people were punished with the most severe cases with executions.

A tradition which is one of “frugality” has been imposed by Xi which means that, for instance, there are smaller banquets and banquets that are geared towards officials of the party.

While the campaign is a hit among the general public, many believe it’s also a means for Xi to get rid of opposition politicians.

The environment

Beijing was a signatory to the Paris climate accord in the year 2016 In 2020, Xi said that China to reach its highest CO2 emissions in 2030 and aspire to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

Environmental groups have urged China as the largest greenhouse gas emitterto take action faster in order to meet the Paris agreement’s target of keeping the global temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius isn’t possible.

After having remained silent about the choking cities of China for years The ministry of environment began to release more detailed data on the air pollution problem in 2012.

The amount of extremely tiny and dangerous particle particles that are found in air decreased to 34.8 percentage between 15 and 2021 according to the ministry.

Waste separation systems are developing. In the megacity Shanghai For instance the requirement for waste separation has been in place from the year 2019.

– Transport –

The high speed rail system has quadrupled in size, going from 9,300 kilometers in 2012, to 40,000 km by 2021.

China currently has 250 civil airports, including 82 that were constructed over the past decade and the number of air passengers has doubled between 2012 and the year 2019.

Infrastructure projects like these have increased tourism and travel, stimulated economic activity, as well as made it possible to open the more underdeveloped western part in the nation.

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