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A Beautiful China

By:The Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies

A Beautiful China

A beautiful China is a major goal of the country's effort to build an eco-civilization. It is also an important part of the grand picture of national rejuvenation. The 18th National Congress of the CPC listed eco-environmental progress along with economic, political, cultural and social progress in the Five-sphere Integrated Plan as the goals for building Chinese socialism, vowing to promote eco-environmental progress, build a beautiful China and achieve sustainable development of the Chinese nation. This also showed the CPC's deeper understanding of socialist development and its firm resolution to build an eco-civilization.

The 19th National Congress of the CPC stated that building an eco-civilization is vital to sustaining the Chinese nation's development. It set the goal of developing China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful by the mid-21st century, after achieving basic modernization by 2035.

To build a beautiful homeland, China needs to follow the principles of respecting, accommodating and protecting nature, and act on the understanding that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. China will continue its national policy on resource conservation and environmental protection, and promote green, circular and low-carbon development. The initiative underlines the need to leave more space for nature to renew itself, to keep more land for cultivation, and to bequeath a better working and living environment to future generations so that they can be blessed with blue skies, green fields and clear waters.

Since 2012, the CPC central leadership has made eco-civilization a priority in China's overall work. Fundamental, pioneering and far-sighted efforts have been devoted to pollution prevention and control, with a holistic approach to conserving mountains, rivers, forests, farmlands, lakes and grasslands and harnessing deserts.

China has paid the greatest attention to pollution control, adopted more new policies and measures giving priority to conservation, exercised the strictest supervision and law enforcement, and produced the fastest improvement of the environment. Historic, far-reaching changes have been made to people's awareness about eco-civilization and their own actions.

Relevant projects include: integrated protection and restoration for mountains, waters, forests, farmlands, lakes and grasslands; large-scale land greening campaigns; nationwide green environment campaigns; eco-conservation of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the Yellow River Basin; improvement of the Erhai Lake in Yunnan Province; and environmental protection of the source regions of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers in Qinghai Province. Household waste sorting has been implemented across the country, and strict laws and regulations on eco-environmental protection have been enforced.

The Chinese Dream cannot be realized at the expense of the environment. A beautiful China will not only benefit the Chinese people, but also promote sustainable development around the world. It will help with the building of a beautiful earth and a better homeland for all.






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