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China reduces poverty by millions

The number of poor people in China decreased by 23 million people from 2012 to 2014, Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council for the Fight Against Poverty, told the People's Daily publication.

"Poverty is the most difficult task today, which China has to solve on the way to building a moderately prosperous society," he said.

According to Liu Yongfu, there are more than 70 million poor people in China. "This year it is necessary to reduce the poor population by more than 10 million people. We believe that we can accomplish this task, but we must continue to work hard.", - he said.

Liu Yongfu explained that in 2014, 430 thousands of officials of different levels of government (provinces, cities, counties and districts) created 125 thousands of working groups that were sent to settlements to fight poverty. Last year, 7% of anti-poverty funds reached the county level.