China says it will wipe out poverty by the end of this year, former ICWA fellow Matthew Chitwood (China, 2017-2019) writes in Foreign Affairs. But that staggering goal, he says, only takes into account the official definition of extreme rural poverty.

“Two things became clear to me after two years spent living side by side with the campaign’s rural beneficiaries,” he writes of his ICWA fellowship. “China will indeed have eradicated poverty by its own metrics by the end of this year, and it still has a long way to go to address the growing urban-rural divide.”


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