China News recently reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping attended an economic development strategy Forum for the Yangtze River Basin. At the Forum, he emphasized that the Yangtze River is the “mother river” of the Chinese civilization and is a key supporting resource for the future developmental roadmap for China’s economy. Xi pointed out that the Yangtze River ecological system repair work must be given an “extremely” high priority and that the “Ecology First, Green Development” strategy should be implemented not only immediately but for a long period of time into the future as well. He asked all provinces and cities along the Yangtze River to focus on “Grand Protection” plans instead of “Grand Development” ones. Xi suggested that China must optimize the urban agglomeration along the River and sort out the current disorderly development of local industries and ports. Top leaders of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan attended the Forum. These are key regions in the Yangtze River ecological system.
Source: China News, January 7, 2016