China's Xi gets chance to tighten hold on economy at meeting
President Xi Jinping, China’s most influential figure in decades, gets a chance to stack the ranks with allies who share his vision of intensifying pervasive control over entrepreneurs and technology development at a meeting of the ruling Communist Party that starts this weekend.
China celebrates official end of extreme poverty, lauds Xi
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, attendees applaud during a ceremony to mark the official end of extreme poverty in China held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The party announced in November, with little fanfare, that China no longer had anyone in extreme poverty. AdThey credit Xi with launching an initiative shortly after taking power in 2012 that enabled China to beat by a decade the 2030 target set by the World Bank for eliminating extreme poverty. China’s official definition of extreme poverty is an income per person of 11 yuan ($1.70) per day. The World Bank’s middle-income poverty standard is income of $5.50 per person per day.