China’s poverty relief progress hailed at forum
China has contributed more than any country to global poverty reduction, and its practices can be used as a model by the rest of the world, foreign participants at the 2018 China Poverty Reduction International Forum said in Beijing on May 23. China has lifted about 800 million people out of dire poverty in the past four decades, and it has not gone unnoticed. Bekele Debele, the World Bank’s acting country director for China, Mongolia and Korea, said it is the biggest and fastest poverty reduction achievement in human history. He said China’s efforts contributed considerably to the 2015 United Nations goal of cutting the number of the world’s poor in half, and support the World Bank in its pledge to eradicate extreme poverty globally by 2030.