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China raises poverty line, increasing number of official poor by 100 millio

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  1. Adnan Faruqi

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    China raises poverty line, increasing number of official poor by 100 million

    BEIJING — Even with its booming economy, China now has more poor people — at least officially.

    A sharp upward revision in the official poverty line, announced by the government Tuesday, means that 128 million Chinese in rural areas now qualify as poor, 100 million more than under the previous standard.

    The new threshold of about $1 a day nearly doubles the previous amount. While the revised poverty line is still below the World Bank threshold of $1.25 a day, the change brings China closer to international norms and better reflects the country’s overall higher standards of living after three decades of buoyant growth.

    The old limit, first set in the 1990s and notched up periodically thereafter, focused on the bedrock poor at a time China was still largely rural and impoverished. As the country has climbed toward middle income status, experts from the World Bank and Chinese think tanks have urged the government to raise the threshold to capture more poor Chinese.

    “The previous poverty line underestimated the number of poor people in rural China,” the official newspaper China Daily quoted Wang Sangui, a rural development expert at Renmin University, as saying. “Only 2.8 percent of the rural population was officially considered poor, which was lower than in many developed countries such as the United States, which has a poverty rate of about 15 percent.”

    With the higher threshold, more people qualify for government assistance. Funding for poverty relief is also being raised more than 20 percent this year to 27 billion yuan, or $4.2 billion, the China Daily reported.


    China raises poverty line, increasing number of official poor by 100 million - The Washington Post
     
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    we should raise the poverty line even more``we should have it to $5 a day like the minimun income lines in the urban areas
     
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    i think this is a good move by the Chinese govt. A lot of people stand to benefit from this.

    and look at our govt. trying to move down the poverty line. tsk tsk
     
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    BUT 128 million comes under 1 $ per day.
     
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    Modifying definition of poor does not actually increase or decrease the number of poor in any country. It is very useful to allocate appropriate funds to help the desired set of people and create various schemes to help them.
     
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    India 780 millions comes under 1$ per day. IMF reports
     
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    i expected this kind of post. thanks anyways, some thing burning out there.:flame:
     
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    it is outrageous that in a country that spans the tropics, temperate and arctic, in a country with some of the richest resources and highest human capital in the world, that we still have 100 million below 1 dollar a day. This is a colossal and collective failure of government, of business, and of ourselves. More importantly, it is a failure for us to escape the neocolonial slave mentality and to resist the oppression of the West. If half the Chinese who bought an iPhone made in Shenzhen and dropped it for a ZTE Blade also made in Shenzhen, we would eliminate half this poverty.

    Wake up! Who is causing our poverty? OURSELVES. We are slaves to our own inferiority complex.
     
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    First WSJ and now WaPo. I guess I was simply expecting too much professionalism from the mainstream media. Anyway, I just want to remind everyone on this thread that the World Bank's $1.25 a day poverty line is based on purchasing power parity. Some simply Googling and calculation shows the new Chinese poverty line is in fact above the World Bank standard.

     
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    whats your point? we are capable enough to have 128million at $5 per day, how about your gov to make sure 200 million $0.2 to have enough food to eat?

    ---------- Post added at 04:18 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:17 PM ----------

    lol``classic delusional indian reaction
     
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    I mentioned the fact that "China raised its poverty line, and India lowered it" in the recently locked Indian poverty thread. And @INDIC challenged me to provide some proof. Frankly I thought this is something an Indian should know as both news pieces were widely reported in 2011/2012. Apparently ignorance always prevails. Anyway, this old post was the proof of China raising its poverty line. Here is the part for the India lowering its poverty line:

    Now, Planning Commission lowers the poverty line | The Hindu
     
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    Not enough. We still have 10~15% abject poor even the poverty line is raised. I wish my Government to combat corruptions seriously and use the money for our very poor!
     
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    Does it mean China wasn't following world bank norms to define poverty. Did you read the poverty line in dollars in the opening post defined by Chinese government.
     
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    it's very brave for one to talk about poverty of another country when his own is times poorer

    it's very brave for one to talk about poverty of another country when his own is times poorer
     
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