ROAD TO A BETTER LIFE

A Continuous Fight for People’s Well-being

China's herculean task in alleviating poverty has borne results. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres said when...

Finding Answers in China: Chongli–A County Transformed

Editor’s Note: For as long as there have been questions, mankind has been searching for answers. Today, our need for answers is more critical than at any stage in our civilisation, as the world faces a tangle of challenges, including climate change, global pandemics, housing shortages and environmental destruction. We know what the problems are. But who has the answers? Finding Answers in China delves into the ideas, technology and people shaping China’s response to these global issues, and asks what can be learnt from their successes and failures. In this episode, Finding Answers in China goes to Chongli, a county in North China’s Hebei province and checks out its transformation from a poverty-stricken district to an attractive Olympic district to find out just how China is removing more people from its poverty list. Finding Answers in China also speaks to Neil Bush, Founder of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations, Douglas Besharov, Professor at University of Maryland School of Public Policy and David Gordon, Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol, to find out their views on China’s achievements in poverty alleviation.

Poor No More

Since its reform and opening-up started, China has implemented the poverty alleviation and development strategy in an organized, planned, and large-scale manner. It has become the first developing country to reach its poverty reduction target, a part of the UN Millennium Development Goals, contributing to the eradication of poverty in the world by more than 70 percent.