The year 2020 marks a milestone in China's history of poverty alleviation.
Once China was held back by extreme poverty: a vast territory with a complex geography, uneven regional development, a large poor population with both low income and consumption levels, and poor rural infrastructure and public services.
Over the past four decades, China has managed to lift more than 700 million people out of poverty. While having contributed more than 70 percent of global poverty alleviation, China wiped out extreme poverty by 2020, which means it has met the UN's poverty alleviation goal 10 years ahead of schedule.
But the eradication of extreme poverty is not the end of this battle.
The country still faces acute challenges caused by unbalanced and inadequate development, as well as onerous tasks of consolidating and expanding poverty alleviation achievements.
China will improve the monitoring and assistance mechanism to prevent people from falling back into poverty and continue to track the development of counties, villages and people that have been lifted out of poverty.
The end of 2020 is just the beginning of another story.
How has China eliminated extreme poverty? And how do foreign experts evaluate China's poverty alleviation efforts? Click on the video to see the whole story.
(Produced by Cheng Weidan, Xu Zheqi, Liang Peiyu, Yan Yiqiao, Bai Yuanqi, Bao Han, and Zhang Kunyuan)