Fundamental Solutions Needed to Fight Poverty
    2011-01-04 09:07:52     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu
 

The Chinese government has decided to set the nation's poverty line at an annual per capita net income of 1,500 yuan (US$225) in 2011- an increase of 25 percent over the current threshold.

An editorial in "China Daily" praises the government's decision, saying it will benefit more poverty-stricken people in the country. It says the new poverty line requires the government to invest more in helping as many as 100 million impoverished people- more than double the current number.

The editorial also points out that the new figure will put more pressure on the government to move more aggressively to combat poverty.

But the commentary argues that the threshold is still too low and cannot cover some basic needs of impoverished families such as their health care and education.

It notes that the United Nation's global poverty line has been raised from a-dollar-a-day to $1.25. According to this measure, more than 250 million Chinese live in extreme poverty.

Based on this analysis, the editorial says the government needs to introduce more effective policies to help the country's poorest people.

It stresses that the government is obliged to distribute its growing wealth equally and come up with fundamental measures to narrow development gaps among different regions.

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