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Government aims to reduce poverty over next decade


08:39, November 17, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- An official in charge of poverty reduction efforts said Wednesday that the government will invest more money over the next 10 years in anti-poverty programs.

Fan Xiaojian, head of the Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development under the State Council, or China's cabinet, made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua conducted shortly after the release of a white paper on poverty reduction.

By 2020, the government will realize its goal of providing adequate food and clothing for poverty-stricken people while ensuring their access to compulsory education, basic medical services and housing, Fan said, without giving specific details regarding the government's goals.

According to a white paper issued Wednesday by the State Council Information Office, China's poverty-stricken rural population fell from 94.22 million at the end of 2000 to 26.88 million at the end of 2010.

The government considers those who earn less than 1,274 yuan (about 200 U.S. dollars) in annual income to be impoverished. The standard applied in 2000 was 865 yuan in annual income.

The World Bank considers those living on less than 1.25 U.S. dollars per day to be impoverished.

About two-thirds of China's currently impoverished population previously managed to rise above the national poverty line but sank back down again due to a fragile economic foundation, Fan said.

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