Editor’s note: Stephen Ndegwa is a Nairobi-based communication expert, lecturer-scholar at the United States International University-Africa, author and international affairs columnist. The article reflects the author’s opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. The official announcement in Beijing on Thursday by President Xi Jinping proclaiming “complete victory” against extreme poverty was as bold as the feat itself. Equating the achievement to a “miracle” of historical significance, Xi declared that “the country has created a ‘China example’ of poverty reduction and made great contributions to global poverty alleviation.” By reaching the milestone, China has contributed to the eradication of poverty in the world by 70 percent for the fact that the country has the largest population in the world. Further, this is also a landmark for the first goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seeks to “end poverty by all its forms everywhere.” Indeed, the UN SDGs priority actions against poverty eradication are straight out of China’s all-encompassing strategic handbook against the challenge. Amid the economic matrices, poverty ranks top among human rights abuses because of its dehumanizing effect. No country can claim to respect human life in all its forms while a section of its… Read full this story
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