China to relocate two million people in bid to tackle poverty

China will this year relocate more than two million people from poverty-stricken communities to more developed urban areas as part of a wide-ranging plan to tackle poverty, a leading official said on Tuesday.

The relocation marks the first stage of ambitious proposals to move 10 million people from their rural backwaters as part of drive to eradicate poverty in China in the next four years.

“Many poor people live in harsh conditions or fragile environments,” Liu Yongfu, a member of China’s State Council, or Cabinet, said.

“The relocation will help them seek a better life,” he added, according to state news agency Xinhua.