Poor Chinese village gets help after Xi visit

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 07:20 hrs

Beijing, Feb 24 (IANS) An impoverished village visited by China's party chief has received 300 million yuan ($48 million) in poverty relief funds.

Fuping county in Hebei province was one of the first destinations Xi Jinping visited after taking office, vowing to continue reform and opening up, China Daily reported Sunday.

Nestled deep in mountains, the area is classed as "especially impoverished" by the country's standard, with local people's income under 1,000 yuan ($160) a year.

The funding is 1.5 times the amount the county has received in nearly two decades.

During his trip, Xi said that a moderately prosperous China won't come if people in rural areas, especially poverty-stricken regions, can't lead a better life.

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