Feb 22 2013, 1:50am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
The number of people living below the poverty line in China was greatly reduced in 2012, as the country increased efforts to boost people's income, reported Xinhua citing new data.
China has a population of 1.3 billion.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced Friday that last year saw some 23.39 million rural dwellers edge above the poverty line, currently set at 2,300 yuan ($365.83) in annual net income per capita.
The decrease brought the total number of impoverished rural residents to 98.99 million by the end of 2012, the data showed.
In 2012, however, China boosted its rural residents' average per-capita net income to 7,917 yuan, up 10.7 percent year on year in real terms, according to data released earlier by the NBS.
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