“For more than 40 years, I've worked in counties, cities, provinces and the central government of China. Poverty alleviation has always been a vital part of my work and I devoted most of my vigor to it. When I visited some poor areas, some children were already seven or eight years old, but they still stayed at home rather than in school. Education in poor areas must be facilitated and improved. We can't let our children lose at the starting line. Society should give them the chance to study and to go to college, so that when they grow up, they can live a better life. At least, they can earn meals for themselves, and don't have to live in poverty anymore."— Xi Jinping
With the last 52 impoverished counties successively removed from the poverty list in 2020, China is now embarking on a new journey toward Xiaokang: a moderately prosperous society in all respects.