* Xi pledges to safeguard the environment

China Daily: “China will never pursue temporary economic growth at the expense of environmental degradation, President Xi Jinping vowed on Friday.

Xi Jinping 习近平

Xi Jinping 习近平 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Those who made rash decisions regardless of the ecological environment, resulting in serious consequences, must be brought to account, and should be held accountable for a lifetime,” he said.

“Only by implementing the strictest system and the most stringent rule of law can we provide reliable protection for ecological civilization.”

Xi was speaking during a group study session attended by members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and environmental scholars.

Meng Wei, head of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences and an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was one of the two key lecturers at the session.

He told China Daily that by using the words “held accountable for a lifetime”, Xi is referring to both requirements and inspirations.

“Officials are responsible for benefiting the people within their regions, not only in terms of gross domestic product, but also with green hills and clean water,” Meng said. “Maintaining a good ecological environment should also be taken into account as part of officials’ political achievements.”

Xi reaffirmed the importance of balancing economic development and environmental protection, calling for an overall plan for land development, and for a scientific distribution of production, living and ecological space, leaving more room for nature to repair itself.

He emphasized the urgency of implementing major ecological restoration projects, and of enhancing ecological production capacity.

He said the idea of guarding the bottom line of national ecological safety should be firmly established.”

via Xi pledges to safeguard the environment |Politics |chinadaily.com.cn.

See also: https://chindia-alert.org/economic-factors/greening-of-china/

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