China brought 12.89 million rural people out of poverty in 2017, cutting its overall poverty rate to 3.1 percent, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Thursday, citing government data.
China's ruling Communist Party has been making efforts to tackle deep-rooted poverty in its countryside, and aims to raise the annual income of all its residents above the official poverty line of 2,300 yuan ($365.26) by 2020.
A total of 68.53 million rural people have been lifted out of poverty over the 2012-2017 period, the National Bureau of Statistics said.
China cut its poverty rate to 3.1 percent by the end of last year, down from 4.5 percent a year earlier, but it still has 30.46 million rural people living below the 2,300 yuan poverty line.
The country has recently focused on developing new industries like eco-tourism as well as encouraging the planting of cash crops in poor rural regions.
However, China's graft watchdog warned on Wednesday that tackling corruption and malpractice in poverty relief was one of its major tasks over the coming three years, and called for harsh punishments for officials who misuse funds.
In a statement, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said a township official in the northwestern region of Xinjiang was fired and stripped of his party membership after being accused of embezzling 1.73 million yuan in relief funds.
Great work for China! Hopefully US government does the same thing as Chinese one does instead of spending too much on board wall and military spending.
StanDope, the wall will end up saving money. Of course you don't even know how to spell border.
Government consumes wealth. The private sector creates wealth. The US government cannot do this because it does not own the means of production. The best the US government can do is get the hell out of the way and let the American prosper without that anchor tied around their neck. Trump has loosened up the stanglehold Obama placed on the economy and the people have done the rest.
China has already tried a wall. And found out it didn't work at keeping anybody out.
@Inaminute Actually it worked for centuries just fine.
cup of tea
While US added around 25million food stamp takers in the past 8 years.
Each "food stamp taker" is making 5X the poverty line in China just on their food stamps.
Everytime I go to a supermarket the food stamp users always have a huge amount of foods. Also they are usually obese. Me? I'll go broke if I eat as much as they do.
And America send 13 million people to poverty in 2017.
Where’s your proof? Probably never been to America.
Where did you get this statistic?
Yet I'm pretty sure the sour grapes will always find ways to spin this in a negative way for China. Just watch the comments area here.
So, COMMUNIST China raised people out of poverty it put there, haha. I don't need .gov help to be GREAT ! sorry you do.
Nice! Well done.
USA has 40 - 44 million Americans living below poverty level throughout Obama's presidency. Recent statistics showed it is now 45 million after 1 year of Trump's BS presidency.
No one in the US lives on $365 per year (or even per month).
why should move to China ?...the point is the Chinese govt has been doing good things to the people...
Then move to COMMUNIST China ! yep what I thought
the cost of livin in China is much lower than the US....don't you know that ?
The average American living in poverty lives as well as the average European. The average poor American lives like a king compared to the average in China and most of the rest of the world.
What! No collapsing?
Just look at the homeless level in China. Hardly any in big cities. LA has 57.000, San Francisco is very common, everywhere you can see. San Jose is 5,000 etc.
They all live in small towns and villages. China has millions of migrant workers that are paid below the poverty level. Some companies cheat the migrant workers out of their salary. I have been living in China for 11 years and I know the truth about the so called middle class. Anhui province is the poorest province in China and I know for a fact that millions of them are not middle class. Anhui is an agricultural province and I know farmers are not middle class. Plus, a lot of the migrant workers come from places like this to go work in the big cities.
This is what happens when you don't spend too much on defense and war, well done China.
This is what happens when the poverty line is so low. China has the second largest economy, but the poverty line is so low.
The good news must make all anti-China elements feel bad.
the poverty line for China is much lower than just about every western country.
It's actually nice to read something positive about China on yahoo for once.
creating jobs by building products to sell to USA and the world , FREE Enterprise system , Capitalism at its best ! This also then creates tax revenues and then the government can apply monies to help the poor. Very good China is helping their poor .
Trump is pushing middle income to the poverty
The magic of capitalism!
And the Democrats are doing their very best to impoverish at least that many in this country.
What about the almighty magnificent India?
The 1% sitting behind the million dollar mansions believe that the world is over populated. The world needs a shake out, another war to get things moving in the old fashion way since the French Revolution. It does not matter the victims are Americans or Asians.