Governor Wu Zhenglong has urged the province to highlight ecological conservation and protection along the Yangtze River so as to boost the high quality development of the province’s economy. He made the remarks at a recent provincial government executive meeting.
General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech on the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, standing at the height of the long-term interests and sustainable development of the Chinese nation, has systematically planned the overall, fundamental and strategic major measures for the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, which has spearhead the voyage, aligning the pulse, setting the rules and demarcating the red line for the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, making it the theoretical guidance and fundamental follow-up for the promotion of the high-quality development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt in the new era, according to a statement released after the meeting.
Governments and government departments at all levels should thoroughly study and implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech, and implement the requirements of Vice Premier Han Zheng's remarks on the rectification of the ecological environment in the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the plenary meeting of the leading group for the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the statement said.
Greater efforts should be made to ensure that Jiangsu will become the front runners in the high quality development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the statement said.
More should be done to adhere to a problem-oriented approach and constantly identify and solve problems, he said, calling for severe punishments for those engaging in the illegal destruction of the Yangtze River environment, according to the statement.
It is important to fully implement the new development concept, adhere to ecological priority and green development, and continue to promote the "4+1" project of pollution control in the Yangtze River Economic Belt, deepen the treatment of both the symptoms and the root causes, and strengthen the source of pollution reduction and pollution control, the statement said.
Problem-oriented approaches should be taken to make up for the weaknesses in transportation infrastructure, accelerate the construction of key projects such as high-speed railway network along the Yangtze River, build more bridges and tunnels across the Yangtze River, boost the integration of highway, railway and waterway transportation so as to build a modern integrated transportation system, the statement said.
On Nov 12, Vice-Premier Han Zheng stressed rectification of prominent environmental problems in the Yangtze River Economic Belt, calling for quality growth in the region.
He made the remarks at a meeting during his research tour in the city of Ma'anshan in East China's Anhui province.
At the meeting, an investigative documentary was played, revealing environmental problems in the Yangtze River Economic Belt. Officials from 11 provinces and municipalities in the economic belt and a number of relevant government departments reported on the problems exposed in the documentary.
Remarkable progress has been made in rectifying and improving outstanding environmental problems in the Yangtze River Economic Belt, but the situation is still grim and there is a long way to go in achieving quality growth in the region, Han said.
Some local governments are not fully aware of the importance of high-quality development and their ability to promote high-quality development needs to be improved, he warned.
More efforts should be made to adhere to scientific and accurate management and promote the protection and restoration of the ecology and environment of the Yangtze River to gradually restore its biodiversity, he said.