China's President Xi Jinping has said that "no one should be left behind" as the country develops, while reviewing progress and plans to eliminate poverty by the year 2020.
"On the march toward common prosperity, no one should be left behind," Xi said.
As China's leadership pushes to realize its promise to lift the last 30 million residents out of poverty within three years, Friday's meeting identified "three tough battles," including "reducing poverty, preventing financial risks and tackling pollution."
The Communist Party of China has set 2020 as the deadline to achieve a "moderately prosperous society in all respects."
China has had enormous success in its anti-poverty campaign, which the World Bank has called "the most rapid large-scale poverty reduction in human history.'
However, at the end of 2017, around 30 million Chinese still remained in conditions of poverty, concentrated in remote, rural areas.
"We will work to foster local industries, create new jobs... and strengthen aid to the aged, the disabled and people who are seriously ill," said Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development.
Efforts have been focused primarily in boosting local economies, providing greater State safety nets, constructing housing and building modern infrastructure.