China's Progress in Poverty Reduction and Human Rights
October 19,2016 By:CCTV.com
Oct. 19, 2016 -- October 17 marks the International Day for Poverty Eradication, which is also China's third National Poverty Relief Day. The United Nations set the Day to raise the awareness of poverty alleviation in developing countries. China set the same day as the National Poverty Relief Day in 2014.
Over the past 30 years since China launched its reform and opening up drive, more than 700 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty, which accounts for 70 percent of the world's poor population.
China also leads in realizing the UN Millennium Development Goals. From 2011 to 2015, the number of rural residents in poverty had fallen to 55.75 million from 122 million. The country plans to lift all the remaining out of poverty by 2020.