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Eye on the world: Lifting China out of poverty

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In “Poverty-free China by 2020? Beijing says it's possible – but steepest climb ahead,” The Christian Science Monitor reports that “while [Chinese] President Xi Jinping’s foreign-policy initiatives have made headlines abroad, one of his most ambitious domestic priorities is entering the final stretch: the race to build a ‘moderately prosperous society.’” The article says: “China has been at the forefront of the world’s poverty-reduction efforts for nearly four decades. More than 700 million people in the countryside have risen out of poverty, largely thanks to China’s economic boom. But there’s an asterisk next to those accomplishments. Beijing considers people poor if they earn less than 2,300 yuan ($335) per year. By World Bank global standards, less than $700 qualifies as extreme poverty.” The government’s campaign still faces considerable challenges to address a slowing economy, an aging population, physical and mental disabilities among many of the remaining poor, geographical isolation of poor people, and corruption. However, the efforts are buoyed by the progress already made, and impelled by the desire to see all people lifted out of poverty. 

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible: 

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.

Psalms 55:22

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494 

[God] is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 7 

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Eliminating poverty”: “Acting against poverty must be carried on not only on governmental, economic, and humanitarian fronts, but primarily on the mental battlefield where mankind’s intelligent understanding of God meets and overcomes all suggestions that the divine Mind’s loving provision for man can be less than complete and perfect.” And: “In a universe created by the infinite good, which is God, there can be no place for pockets of poverty, large or small. Poverty is an evil, a belief in the absence of good. It cannot persist when or where men gain a proper concept of God.” 

In “One God available to all”: “There is a fountain that gushes continuously, giving its supply to all those who turn to it. This fountain is the fruit of divine Love itself; it’s open to all nations and to all people. The life of each of us is determined by God, and He meets all our needs.” And: “We inherit from Him all the wisdom and intelligence we need in order to have abundant lives. God, or good, does not choose a certain location on which to bestow this goodness. We can find it throughout His universe.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.


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