A changing China by numbers: poverty alleviation

China's poverty alleviation efforts have seen groundbreaking results since its reform and opening-up measures in 1978. Over the past four decades, more than 850 million Chinese have risen above the poverty threshold, contributing 70 percent to the global poverty reduction.

The Chinese government has made poverty alleviation work a priority for the country. In 2013, President Xi Jinping first proposed the idea of "targeted" poverty alleviation. And two years later, the government set a deadline of 2020 to eradicate poverty in China.

Entering 2020, less than 200 days are left before China's deadline for poverty elimination. The COVID-19 pandemic this year has hugely impacted agricultural production and sales in rural areas. President Xi has called for the government to press ahead to achieve the goal of lifting all rural residents out of poverty by 2020.