Jiangsu province’s claim that just 17 out of 80 million people are in poverty has triggered intense debate online. Photo: ReutersJiangsu province’s claim that just 17 out of 80 million people are in poverty has triggered intense debate online. Photo: Reuters
Jiangsu province’s claim that just 17 out of 80 million people are in poverty has triggered intense debate online. Photo: Reuters

China province of 80 million claims only 17 people in poverty, sparking debate about official data

  • The Chinese coastal province of Jiangsu has claimed only 17 residents out of a population of some 80 million remain in poverty
  • The province is the first to declare a near elimination of absolute poverty as part of President Xi Jinping’s drive to wipe it out by 2020
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Jiangsu province’s claim that just 17 out of 80 million people are in poverty has triggered intense debate online. Photo: ReutersJiangsu province’s claim that just 17 out of 80 million people are in poverty has triggered intense debate online. Photo: Reuters
Jiangsu province’s claim that just 17 out of 80 million people are in poverty has triggered intense debate online. Photo: Reuters
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