White Pa­per on Poverty Re­duc­tion

Beijing Review - - This Week Society -

The Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment is­sued a white pa­per that hailed the ef­forts and progress made in poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and hu­man rights on Oc­to­ber 17.

The white pa­per, ti­tled China’s Progress in Poverty Re­duc­tion and Hu­man Rights, said poverty re­duc­tion is the most telling ev­i­dence of China’s progress in hu­man rights.

The white pa­per said China has made an enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to poverty re­duc­tion world­wide. Over the past 30 years since the launch of the re­form and open­ing-up drive, more than 700 mil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple have been lifted out of poverty.

Ac­cord­ing to the UN Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals Re­port 2015, the pro­por­tion of peo­ple liv­ing in ex­treme poverty in China fell from 61 per­cent in 1990 to 4.2 per­cent in 2014, with the num­ber of peo­ple that China has raised from poverty ac­count­ing for 70 per­cent of the world’s to­tal.

At the end of 2015, China still had 55.75 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in poverty. The coun­try plans to lift all of its poor out of poverty by 2020.

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