Participants attend the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) on Poverty Alleviation in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 17, 2010. The conference with more than 120 representatives of 57 political parties from 30 countries kicked off on Saturday. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)
KUNMING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said Saturday the Communist Party of China (CPC) hopes to work with all Asian political parties to promote poverty alleviation and development while building a harmonious world with lasting peace and common prosperity.
Hu's remarks were conveyed in a message at the Poverty Alleviation Conference of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) held in Kunming, capital city of southwest China's Yunnan Province.
Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, read Hu's message at the opening ceremony of the meeting.
Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu also attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech.
In his message, Hu welcomed the opening of the meeting on behalf of the CPC and the Chinese government. He said poverty alleviation and development is a common challenge for the world.
Achieving the United Nation (UN)'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and promoting common development is the hope of developing countries around the world, he said.
The ICAPP since its founding has been committed to eliminating poverty and promoting development, he said, adding that all political parties in Asia attach great importance to the cause of international poverty alleviation and development.
Hu said the Chinese people have made a historic leap -- from having inadequate food and clothing to the overall well-off.
According to Hu, China's rural population living in poverty has been reduced from 250 million in 1978 to 35.97 million in 2009.
Summing up China's experience in his keynote speech, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said economic construction should never stop as development is the most effective way to reduce poverty.