Xi visits Yangtze River, stresses environmental protection
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said environmental protection and revival are the priorities in the economic development along the Yangtze River, known as the mother river of the Chinese nation.
He made the remarks while inspecting the Three Gorges Dam along the river in Yichang City, central China's Hubei Province, on Tuesday.
The economic growth along the river requires overall protection as well as scientific and orderly development, Xi told local officials.
He said ecological restoration is fundamental to protect the mother river of the Chinese nation and destructive development must be forbidden.
Speaking to engineers working at the Three Gorges Dam, Xi said innovation is critical to the dam and water projects, calling on more efforts to enhance innovation capability.
The Three Gorges Dam was completed in 2006, and is the world's largest hydropower project.
The president also visited a village along the river and asked about the disposal of sewage.