Eco-Environmental Protection Is an Integral Component of Development*
August 24, 2016
It is high time that we intensified eco-environmental protection. And we are capable of accomplishing this task now.
On the one hand, eco-environmental problems that have accumulated over years of rapid development are prominent, generating much public discontent. Ecological destruction and pollution affect both sustainable economic and social development and public health. It is an outstanding issue that needs to be addressed with great effort.
On the other hand, we now have the resources and capabilities to solve this problem. In the past, due to low productivity, we had to reclaim land from forest, grassland, and sea to increase grain output, but since our people now have adequate food and clothing, eco-environmental protection should and must become an integral component of development.
* Part of a speech during a visit to Qinghai Province.
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