Graphics: President Xi Jinping's words on poverty alleviation

China's 7th National Poverty Relief Day and the 28th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty both fall on October 17 every year. 

In November 2015, China decided to launch a campaign to eliminate absolute poverty by 2020. The number of impoverished people in China dropped to 5.51 million at the end of 2019 from 98.99 million at the end of 2012, a reduction of the poverty headcount ratio from 10.2 to 0.6 percent.

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Poverty alleviation has always been a primary concern for President Xi Jinping, who reiterated that "no single poor area or individual shall be left behind." 

The word cloud identifies the terms on which Xi placed emphasis. This offers a glimpse into how President Xi defines China's poverty alleviation.

Speaking at a symposium on securing a decisive victory in poverty alleviation in March, Xi stressed that overcoming the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to clinch a complete victory in the fight against poverty. 

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His speech analyzed the situation facing poverty alleviation, underscored the leadership of the Communist Party of China in the cause and urged delivery on the goals. The following are highlights of what President Xi stresses at the meeting.

So far this year, the Chinese president has made 12 domestic trips with poverty relief high on the agenda.  

When inspecting those poverty-stricken areas, Xi visited the fields and homes of farmers to learn their personal stories of beating poverty and measures of consolidating poverty reduction achievements. 

The following are some highlights of Xi's quotes on poverty alleviation during his inspections.