China redefines poverty.

You do not often see a government changing the measurement of a statistic in such a way that it multiplies the number of people in poverty by five and commits the government to substantial spending. China has done so. However, it is still using a figure below the UN norms, so it is merely a step in the right direction.

China redefines countryside poor

China increases the level at which people in rural areas are considered poor to $1 a day, a move that should see millions more get state benefits.