Tang Xiaoming, secretary of the Dingxi Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, speaks to the media after attending a panel discussion with President Xi Jinping and other National People’s Congress deputies from Gansu Province in Beijing on Thursday, March 7, 2019. [Photo: CMG]
President Xi visited Yuangudui, one of the impoverished villages of Dingxi before the Lunar New Year in 2013. Tang Xiaoming told President Xi that over 600,000 people in Dingxi had been lifted out of poverty over the past six years, including all of the villagers in Yuangudui.
In recent years, the number of people living in extreme poverty in Gansu Province has more than halved, from 2.56 million in 2016 down to around one million today.