China’s poverty rate – defined as the percentage of people living on the equivalent of US$1.90 or less per day – fell from 88 per cent in 1981 to 0.7 per cent in 2015.. Illustration: Kuen Lau

China’s subsidies lifting rural villages out of poverty, but is Xi Jinping’s plan sustainable?

  • In 2015, President Xi Jinping set a deadline of 2020 to eradicate poverty in China, with 850 million Chinese taken out of extreme poverty in the past 40 years
  • One village in Southeastern Jiangxi province has benefited from government help, but it faces an uncertain future without a sustainable source of revenue
Topic |   Xi Jinping’s poverty alleviation campaign

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China’s poverty rate – defined as the percentage of people living on the equivalent of US$1.90 or less per day – fell from 88 per cent in 1981 to 0.7 per cent in 2015.. Illustration: Kuen Lau
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He Huifeng

He Huifeng

He Huifeng is an award-winning journalist and has been focusing on mainland news reporting since 2001 for several overseas media. She has gained an in-depth knowledge of political, economic and social issues on the mainland through years of close observation, which has given her a love for journalism in the field.