If any country can do it, it's PR China. Over the last 30 years, it has lifted 400 million people out of poverty. During the same period, the USA has added millions to its already stagnant list of impoverished people. Qi lai!
China to remove poverty by 2020: PM
Beijing, March 7 – China aims to eradicate poverty in the next 10 years by focusing on the country’s destitute population, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said.
Wen said Sunday the country will intensify its poverty alleviation efforts through aids and development, People’s Daily reported Monday.
China’s State Council is drafting a new 10-year poverty-reduction plan (2011-2020), in which the country’s poverty line of 1,196 yuan per year (about $0.5 a day) will be ‘greatly raised’, Wen said during the ongoing session of parliament – the National People’s Congress.
According to the UN’s standard of $1.25 per person each day, China still has 150 million people under the poverty line.
China’s population was 1.3 billion in 2009.