China to lift 50m out of ru­ral poverty in five years

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The top lead­er­ship of the Com­mu­nist Party of China has pledged to pull 50 mil­lion peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas out of poverty by 2020 through in­dus­try sup­port, la­bor mi­gra­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

More than 20 mil­lion peo­ple who have lost or par­tially lost the ca­pac­ity to work will be in­cluded in the ru­ral sub­sis­tence al­lowance sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to the State sta­tis­tics bureau’s data in 2014, the ru­ral poverty line in China was 2,800 yuan ($438) per year.

Since China launched its re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy more than three decades ago, more than 700 mil­lion peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas have been lifted out of poverty, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment at the meet­ing. Since the 18th Party Congress in 2012, China has been putting more ef­fort into elim­i­nat­ing poverty by tak­ing tar­geted mea­sures to en­sure that as­sis­tance reaches poverty-stricken vil­lages and house­holds.

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