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China boasts successful elimination of poverty, calls it “Human Miracle”

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday hailed his country’s achievement of successfully eliminating extreme poverty while calling it a “human miracle”. However, questions continue to surround the Communist Party’s criteria for making the claim.

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“A human miracle has been created that will go down in history,” said Xi while addressing a grand ceremony in Beijing.

President Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during his address in ceremony, to mark the country’s accomplishments in poverty alleviation and bestowed medals on officials from rural communities, some wearing traditional ethnic-minority attire.

In his speech, Xi promised to share this “Chinese example” with other developing nations. China is now “providing help to developing countries” still struggling with poverty, President Jinping said.

“No other country can lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in such a short time,” President Jinping said.

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Last year, China had claimed it had achieved its long-trumpeted goal of lifting all of its people above a poverty line of $2.30 in daily income. That is, however, slightly above the World Bank’s lowest threshold of $1.90, but below what is recommended for higher income countries.

Meanwhile, as per World Bank China has lifted more than 800 million people out of extreme poverty since turning to market reforms in the 1970s, after decades of state planning and ill-advised Maoist campaigns that had stifled country’s economy.

Earlier in 2015, Jinping had vowed to eliminate extreme poverty by 2020, a pillar of the Communist Party’s goal to build a “moderately prosperous society” by the 100th anniversary of its founding later this year.

The standard of living in the neighbouring has indeed changed dramatically since the 1970s, with hundreds of millions living consumer lifestyles that past generations could not have imagined, however, Beijing’s fresh claims have met with scepticism.

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