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Poor Urban Residents Left Behind

Hua Sheng Guan Cha December 9, 2020

By NewsChina Updated Apr.1

At the end of 2020, China announced it had lifted nearly 100 million rural residents out of extreme poverty since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held in 2012. All 832 impoverished counties had shaken off extreme poverty, fulfilling the goal of lifting all rural residents above China’s national poverty line. In urban areas, however, there is no separate standard for the poverty line. Data shows that 20 million urban residents received subsistence allowances at the end of 2020. Illness and disability are main reasons for poverty in urban areas. Relief organizations backed by the government and NGOs launched a slew of assistance programs targeting rural areas in western and central China, but poor urban residents were largely neglected. It is urgent to care for urban groups to build a relatively better-off society