China’s poverty relief progress hailed at fo­rum

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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