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