Poverty line

Hong Kong plans to set its first official poverty line in 2013. The threshold will be decided by a panel of experts at the Commission on Poverty but is expected to be set at half of the median household income.

Wang Qishan, the head of China's anti-corruption watchdog, is lending his support to President Xi Jinping’s anti-poverty programme. Photo: Reuters

Xi’s biggest ally reappears to back leader’s war against poverty

Wang Qishan, China’s powerful top graft-buster, tends to keep his public appearances to a minimum and shows up on state media only occasionally.

But the past fortnight has seen Wang become more active publicly as he follows up on President Xi Jinping’s poverty alleviation programme.