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Inspiring cancer survivor leads in poverty fight

China Daily

20th October 2022

Inspiring cancer survivor leads in poverty fight


Around a year ago, Assistant Foreign Minister and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying published a tweet, introducing to followers worldwide a Chinese woman and breast cancer survivor who had led her fellow villagers in the fight against poverty.

Xie Chengfen, 51, is a member of the Communist Party of China and lives in the village of Haiziba in Xichou county, Yunnan province.

"Suffering from breast cancer, she managed to lead local people shaking off poverty by planting walnuts, building roads, etc. It is known as '#XichouSpirit',"


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