Chinese Communist Party Has Done ‘Spectacular Job’ Fighting Poverty, NPR Reporter Says
CHANG: "What I wanted to take a look at on this trip were what promises did the Chinese Communist Party make 70 years ago and what promises have they made good on basically? Because, you know, in a lot of ways the CCP is a party of contradictions. It was once the party of revolution; it's now become the establishment here. It's communist in name, but it is not the party of the proletariat; it's the party of state capitalism. And it's a party that promised to lift people out of poverty, which, truth be told, it has done an spectacular job of. In fact, it's lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. But at the same time, income inequalities have intensified over the last few decades. And part of our reporting here has been trying to understand how those inequalities have played out over different generations within different classes of people."