At the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sept 3, the ministry's spokesperson Wang Wenbin expounded on the Forum on the 20th Anniversary of Juncao Assistance and Sustainable Development Cooperation held on Sept 2 in Beijing when answering a reporter's question.
Wang said that the forum was jointly held by the China International Development Cooperation Agency and the Government of Fujian Province. Juncao technology, which originated from China, has benefited the world. It is a successful exploration in China's poverty-alleviation efforts and represents the country's important contribution to global sustainable development.
During the past two decades, China has held 270 international training courses on Juncao technology, which were joined by over 10,000 people from 106 countries. This handy and practical technology, with its fast and remarkable effects on people's livelihood, has taken root in 100-plus countries, generating tens of thousands of local jobs and recording moving stories of how the technology helped lift people out of poverty and brought them hope and a better life. It has become a well-known signboard for China's foreign assistance and poverty-alleviation endeavors overseas. Stories about China's Juncao still circulate far and wide today in other developing countries such as Papua New Guinea, Rwanda and Fiji, said Wang.
He said though small in size, Juncao has become "grass of happiness" and "grass of prosperity" for people in developing countries. It also reflects China's scientific vision and successful practice of seeking harmonious coexistence between human and nature, striving for common development with other countries and accelerating the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. From poverty elimination to clean energy, from gender equality to biodiversity, Juncao technology is helping achieve many sustainable development goals and providing support for Belt and Road countries and fellow developing countries.
Wang said that COVID-19 has brought major challenges to international development as we speak. At this crucial juncture, cooperation in solidarity and full responsibility is more valuable than ever. China, driven by its aspiration to build a community with a shared future for mankind, will do our utmost to assist more developing countries to achieve sustainable development.
He said with joint efforts of all countries, it’s believed more stories about sustainable development like the one of Juncao will appear one after another, and the human society is sure to embrace a more prosperous and promising future.