Following on from an earlier post, the latest update on China’s toilet revolution from Xinhua news. Although this is usually the topic of light-hearted commentary, the article makes it clear that this is part of the larger poverty alleviation program that has so far lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty and is focused on the last 40 million. Rural areas in the western parts of China are now the focus, with Xi Jinping on his many visits to rural areas always asking about the state of the toilets. This not necessarily all new, since traditional Chinese medicine puts great emphasis on examining the condition of one’s stool.

Although I do hope that these truly communal toilets find a place in the revolution: