China's decades-long war to eradicate extreme poverty has yielded remarkable results, with President Xi Jinping declaring a ‘major victory’ in 2020. Photo: AFP
China's decades-long war to eradicate extreme poverty has yielded remarkable results, with President Xi Jinping declaring a ‘major victory’ in 2020. Photo: AFP
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China poverty: Beijing says it’s been eradicated, but what exactly has been achieved?

  • China has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of extreme poverty after launching economic reforms in the 1970s
  • But some observers are sceptical about the accuracy of Chinese data and question how Beijing will sustain the anti-poverty drive

China's decades-long war to eradicate extreme poverty has yielded remarkable results, with President Xi Jinping declaring a ‘major victory’ in 2020. Photo: AFP
China's decades-long war to eradicate extreme poverty has yielded remarkable results, with President Xi Jinping declaring a ‘major victory’ in 2020. Photo: AFP
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