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China’s poverty-stricken areas to be connected with expressways by 2020
By:chinahumanrights.org
update:February 09,2018

Feb. 9, 2018--The transportation infrastructure in China’s poor areas has been greatly improved in the past five years. China will build asphalt roads for qualified counties, towns and villages by the end of 2019 and to connect all poverty-stricken areas with national main expressways by 2020, according to the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China (MOT).
 
We should improve the transportation infrastructure across the country in the process of building a well-off society, said Li Xiaopeng, minister of the MOT on a press conference February 7.
 
Roads are very important for the development of rural areas. China has built and renovated rural highways of 1.275 million kilometers, and the total mileage of the roads in rural areas has reached 3.96 million kilometers since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
 
China will continue to accelerate the network optimization of the transportation infrastructure. The target for this year is to renovate  roads of 200,000 kilometers in rural areas, to renovate national and provincial roads of 16,000 and to add 5,000 kilometers’ mileage in expressway, according to the MOT.

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