International Politics

CHINA TO END POVERTY BY 2020: President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined to end all of the poverty in China by 2020. In the small village of Gaibao, locals are filming short videos of their unspoiled and idyllic countryside. One clip shows four young women laughing as they grab fat fish out of the rice fields with their hands. In another, they don traditional outfits and stand next to an ox ploughing a paddy field. Their short videos are a small part of a massive nationwide attempt to lift all of China’s 1.4 billion people out of poverty by 2020, a goal which President Xi Jinping set in a speech in 2015. The Chinese government defines poverty as earning less than $416 (2,800 yuan) a year or around $1.10 a day, a lower benchmark than the World Bank poverty line of $1.90 a day, or just under $700 a year.



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