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In depth: a remote Chinese region's fragile victory over poverty

Beijing's effort includes urbanization and generous subsidies for poorer areas

In Liangshan’s Sanhe village, where President Xi Jinping visited in 2018, almost every family lives in rammed-earth houses. (Photo by Caixin) 

High in the mountainous southern extremity of Sichuan province, China, a group of young adults gathered to chat and play cards outside at noon on a weekday. The smartphone-wielding, Pepsi-drinking youths were accompanied by a chicken and a cow.

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