China raises poverty line
Ten-year-old Jiao Qiang scavenges for a living at a landfill in Guiyang, Guizhou province. The country raised its poverty threshold to 2,300 yuan a year amid rising inflation and living costs. [Photo/China Daily]
Nearly 100 million more people in China were deemed poor as the country announced a new standard for defining poverty in November.
The central government have decided to raise the poverty threshold to 2,300 yuan (US$362), which brings China's poverty line more in line with international standards of 1.25 dollars a day.
The move will also make 128 million people eligible for government anti-poverty subsidies.
The poverty line applies only to rural areas. [Full story]