Graphics: China's human rights progress from 2016 to 2020
Updated 20:20, 31-May-2021
By Zhao Hong, Pan Zhaoyi

China on Monday held a briefing about the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2016-2020), the third such plan since 2009. 

Issued by the State Council Information Office, the plan synchronized with China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), ensuring the protection of human rights running in parallel with economic and social development. It vowed more resources and policy support for rural, remote and under-developed areas and aimed to ensure equal access to public services. 

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According to the Action Plan, China would create 50 million new jobs in urban areas from 2016 to 2020. Nearly 66 million new jobs were created in the period.

The plan emphasized ensuring the increase of rural and urban residents' income in step with economic growth. "By 2020 China's GDP and the per capita income of urban and rural residents shall both double that of 2010." China's GDP grew from 40.2 trillion yuan ($5.9 trillion) in 2010 to 101.6 trillion yuan ($14.7 trillion) in 2020.

The whole of China's rural population had exited poverty by 2020, according to the current standards.

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