Eye on the world: Lifting China out of poverty

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. 

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