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Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains Are Invaluable Assets
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Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains Are Invaluable Assets

Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. This is an important concept for development in the new era and a major principle behind China's modernization drive.

The comparison of mountains of green with mountains of gold was first made by Xi Jinping in 2005 when he visited Yucun, a village in Zhejiang, in his capacity as secretary of the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee.

This idea bears on the future of Chinese civilization and people's wellbeing, as it cherishes harmony between man and nature and between the economy and society, so that a sound eco-environment and fast economic growth can be both maintained. This is because maintaining a sound eco-environment will surely benefit human beings, while damaging nature will incur harm to human beings in the end. Humanity can enjoy a sound eco-environment only by fostering harmony with nature and creating a sound eco-environment for ourselves.

When answering the students in Kazakhstan in September 2013, Xi Jinping said, "We want to have not only mountains of gold, but also mountains of green. If we must choose between the two, we would rather have the green than the gold. And in any case, green mountains are themselves gold mountains." He also pointed out that China will never seek temporary economic growth at the expense of its eco-environment. The goal of building an eco-civilization and a beautiful China is to leave to future generations blue skies, green vegetation and clear waters.

The metaphors of green mountains and gold mountains are easy for people to understand the relationship between environmental protection and economic development, the two of which do not conflict with each other, but can make progress side by side. On the one hand, clear waters and green mountains are not only natural and ecological wealth, but also social and economic wealth. Healthy ecosystems promise boundless economic potential, generate steady returns, and contribute to economic and social sustainability. On the other hand, they are a major part of a good life for the people, much more precious than economic returns. A good eco-environment is the shared wealth of the people, a fair public product, and the most inclusive form of public wellbeing.

The advocacy that mountains of green are mountains of gold is rooted in the Chinese philosophy about "unity of nature and man" and harmony between the two. It interprets the relationship between economic development and eco-environmental protection as that: Protecting the environment equates to protecting productive forces; improving the environment equates to enhancing productive forces. This is a new way to coordinate development and protection.


07-15
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