China is first developing country to reach MDG of halving its poverty rate


China has become the first developing country to realize the U.N. Millennium Development Goal — reducing the ranks of its poor by 50 percent — ahead of schedule, a Chinese official said Tuesday.

Fan Xiaojian, director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development said that the number of poverty-stricken Chinese had decreased from about 94 million in the end of 2000 to about 27 million in the end of 2010, and the incidence of poverty had decreased from 10.2 percent to 2.8 percent.

The per capita net income of farmers living in key counties of China's poverty alleviation project had increased from 1,277 yuan in 2001 to 3,273 yuan in 2010. The average annual growth rate was 8.1 percent, a little higher than that of the rural area of China.

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