Social Progress in China

No. of pages: 96

Publication date: 2009

Author: UNFPA

In the last 20 years, with the Government’s committed efforts to the development road of reform and opening up, and attaining the objectives of shaking off poverty, solving the problem of basic food and clothing, improving people’s standard of living and realizing well-off life in an all-round way, great changes have taken place in China’s social and economic situations. The national economy has maintained sustained, steady and quick growth; people’s living standard has been improved continuously; the income for urban and rural households has increased steadily; the number of poverty-stricken people has decreased significantly, contributing to remarkable achievements in both social and economic sectors. China has become the first developing country in the world to realize the Millennium Development Goal of “eradicating poverty”.