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China's anti-poverty drive has lessons for all

By Graham Allison | China Daily | Updated: 2018-08-11 07:39

Can an understanding that remarkable outcomes can be produced only through cooperative actions help China and the US to work together to alleviate the debilitating poverty that continues to grind down billions of people across the world?

Has any antipoverty initiative in history ever lifted more people from abject poverty than the national economic development program China launched four decades ago by opening up its economy to the world?

Imagine what we could call a "Pyramid of Poverty". In 1978, nine out of every 10 individuals in China's population of 1 billion were struggling to survive on an income below the "extreme poverty line" - set by the World Bank at just under $2 a day.

China's anti-poverty drive has lessons for all

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