Bai Enpei, a lawmaker from southwest China’s Yunnan Province, has stressed the importance of developing the concept that ecology means real productive forces.
Bai, secretary of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, said that protecting ecology is for the benefit of future generations and is “in our own interests.”
The reason why the ancient town of Lianjiang is so attractive is that it has a clean river and the reason why the city of Dali is so appealing is that it has the picaresque Erhai Lake.
Bai, a deputy to the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, said, “The reason why the Dianchi Lake in the Yunnan provincial capital of Kunming has lost its previous charm is that its water has been seriously polluted.”
“Today, even we have spent a huge amount of money controlling water pollution in the Dianchi Lake, but without evident effects,” he said.
“Yunnan Province is known as a ‘green kingdom and biological kingdom'. We must avoid taking a tortuous course by drawing on the lesson from the Dianchi Lake,”
(Xinhua News Agency March 9, 2002)