New Study Debunks Xi Jinping’s ‘Miracle’: Extreme Poverty Exists in China


A newly released Swiss-sponsored study reveals that China has not eradicated poverty, a “miracle” that Chinese leader Xi Jinping claims to have achieved. On Feb. 25, the Chinese regime organized an awards ceremony, in which Xi announced China had eradicated poverty, based on China’s poverty standards. “[China] created another miracle in the annals of history,” Xi commented on the eradication of poverty. “[It’s a] major historic achievement.” On April 6, the Chinese regime released a white paper titled “China’s Practice in Human Poverty Reduction.” With this paper, the Beijing authorities want to set China as a role model to the world. “China has not eradicated poverty—even extreme poverty,” Bill Bikales, former UN lead economist in China, writes in the report Reflection on Poverty Reduction in China (pdf) that was published on June 8. Bikales pointed out that poverty is dynamic, but the Beijing regime only focuses on the people who …

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