Poverty Reduction

Xi Jinping visits poor in Hebei province and tells of goal to lift millions out of hardship

Xi Jinping with villagers during his visit. Photo: SCMP

Party chief Xi Jinping said lifting tens of millions of people out of poverty remains the biggest challenge for the new leadership in its bid to build a moderately prosperous society by 2020, state media reported.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 5:37am

An economics Nobel for the Chinese Communist Party?

Between 1981 and 2001, about 400 million mainland Chinese were pulled out of extreme poverty. Photo: Reuters

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has given pundits the world over a field day. One commentator even asked yesterday in the Financial Times whether any comparable grouping in Asia deserves the prize, and concluded there is none. He also joked that at least they didn't give the economics prize to the EU.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 8 comments

Noah's arks for the poor

Perhaps you decided that last night was a good time to have one drink too many. Maybe you had the best meal of your life at the classiest restaurant in town. Or you could have just booked that dream holiday in far-off Madagascar.

28 May 2004 - 12:00am

Report urges social reform for farmers

China needs to introduce macro-economic and social reforms in the countryside, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The report, a compilation of speeches by mainland and overseas experts made during a meeting in Beijing in May, called for a more comprehensive approach to rural issues.

27 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Scheme will put emphasis on development

Beijing will soon announce its blueprint for the alleviation of poverty over the coming decade, a central government official said yesterday.

As well as re-defining the aims of poverty-relief programmes, the allocation of government funds would also be re-examined, said the official, who asked to remain anonymous.

20 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Minimum wage would not alleviate poverty

Your editorial of September 9 on the poor deserves a response.

You assert that while statistics are difficult to interpret the fact remains that some people are living on less than $2,732 per month. No doubt this is true, but it is highly unlikely that even the majority of these people are the same people year in and year out.

18 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

A boost for women

The leaders of the two political parties in Bangladesh are women. The Prime Minister is also a woman. You might be misled by this to believe that gender equality has been achieved in the country.

20 Mar 1997 - 12:00am