China has lifted over 700 million people out of poverty and given around $58 billion in development aid to other countries and international organizations, a white paper said on Thursday.
The State Council Information Office (SCIO) Thursday issued a white paper on the right to development, expounding on its philosophy that economic development serves as a foundation for safeguarding other human rights, analysts said.
The white paper, titled “The Right to Development: China’s Philosophy, Practice and Contribution,” said that development is the top priority of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in governance and national revitalization, and the key to resolving all other problems.
The white paper was released three days before the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development, which was issued in 1986 and defined the right to development as a basic human right for the first time, Zhang Xiaoling, director of the human rights research center of the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, told the Global Times on Thursday.
China’s focus on the right to development, which is a rectification of the West’s excessive politicization of human rights, could point the way for other developing countries in safeguarding and promoting human rights, Chen Xulong, a research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, was quoted as saying by China Central Television on Thursday.
According to the white paper, China has lifted some 700 million people out of poverty through more than 30 years of reform and opening-up, accounting for more than 70 percent of the total reduction in poverty worldwide.
China’s Human Development Index in 2014 ranked 90th among 188 countries, already in the high human development group, the white paper said, citing the “China National Human Development Report 2016” released by the United Nations in August.
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