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China Reduced Its Rural Impoverished Population to 30.46 Million in 2017

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Author:Zhang Yi | Source:Guangming Daily (February 02, 2018)

Abstract:

The data released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China on February 01, 2018 suggest that China made enormous strides in its tough battle against poverty throughout the year of 2017. In China, the rural impoverished population dropped substantially, the poverty incidence continued to decline, the income of villagers in poor regions increased at a faster pace, which further narrowed down its gap with the rural average nationwide.  

According to the findings of a sampling survey into 160,000 households distributed in 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government all over the country, China had the rural impoverished population of 30.46 million by the end of 2017, down by12.89 million over the end of last year, if calculated by the existing national rural poverty standard. The poverty incidence stood at 3.1%, down by 1.4 percentage points compared with the prior year-end. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, China has lifted a total of 68.53 million rural population out of poverty, and driven down the poverty incidence by 7.1 percentage points accumulatively.  

As revealed by the national monitoring survey into rural poverty, villagers living in poor regions generated a per capita disposable income of RMB 9,377 in 2017. Calculated by the comparable standards, the income went up by RMB 894 over 2016. The nominal growth rate stood at 10.5%; with the price factor deducted, the actual growth rate was 9.1%. The actual growth rate was 0.7 percentage point higher than that in the last year and 1.8 percentage points higher than the rural average nationwide.  

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the income of villagers living in poor regions actually grew at the annual rate of 10.4% averagely, which was 2.5 percentage points higher than the rural average nationwide. In 2017, all item-specific incomes of villagers living in poor regions increased faster than their rural average nationwide. Specifically, the per capita income from wages reached RMB 3,210, up 11.8% over last year and 2.3 percentage points higher than the rural average nationwide; and the per capita net income from operations stood at RMB 3,723, up 6.9% over last year and 0.9 percentage point higher than the rural average nationwide, which signals that the income gap with the rural average national was further bridged.  


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