• Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions, and a better environment. They want their children to have sound growth, have good jobs and lead a more enjoyable life. To meet their desire for a happy life is our mission.

    ——November 2012, remarks on the occasion of meeting with the Chinese and foreign press by members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 18th Cpc Central Committee

    We want not only lucid waters and lush mountains, but mountains of silver and gold; we’d rather keep lucid waters and lush mountains over mountains of silver and gold. In other words, lucid waters and lush mountains are themselves invaluable assets.

    ——September 2013, remarks when answering students’ questions after speech at Nazarbayev University in the Republic of Kazakhstan

    Lucid waters and lush mountains are never the opposite to invaluable assets; the key lies in the people, the mind. To protect the ecological environment is to protect productivity, and to improve ecological environment is to boost productivity. The full exploration of the economic and social interest of lucid waters and lush mountains means, instead of to destroy them, rather to better protect them.

    ——March 2014, remarks when participating the discussion of Guizhou Delegation during the 2nd Session of 12th National People’s Congress

    The protection of ecological environment shall be put at a more prominent place. We must protect the ecological environment like we protect our own eyes, and cherish it like we cherish our own lives. We shall make a broader, longer, more integrative and comprehensive budget for ecological protection, allowing no loss of the greater for the less, no losing sight of this while attending to that, no eating the next year’s food, and no seeking after quick success and instant benefits.

    ——January 2015, remarks during the tour of investigation in Yunnan Province

    Proceeding from the new starting point, we will promote green development to achieve better economic performance. I have said for many times that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. To protect the environment is to protect productivity, and to improve the environment is to boost productivity. This simple fact is increasingly recognized by people.

    ——September 2016, keynote speech at the opening ceremony of B20 Summit, Hangzhou

    Ensuring harmony between human and nature: Building an ecological civilization is vital to sustain the Chinese nation's development. We must realize that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets and act on this understanding, implement our fundamental national policy of conserving resources and protecting the environment, and cherish the environment as we cherish our own lives. We will adopt a holistic approach to conserving our mountains, rivers, forests, farmlands, lakes, and grasslands, implement the strictest possible systems for environmental protection, and develop eco-friendly growth models and ways of life. We must pursue a model of sustainable development featuring increased production, higher living standards, and healthy ecosystems. We must continue the Beautiful China initiative to create good working and living environments for our people and play our part in ensuring global ecological security.

    ——October 2017, report at the 19th CPC National Congress

    Ensuring harmony between human and nature: China must stick to the policy of putting conservation and protection first, and mainly relying on the natural recovery of the environment. We must protect the ecological environment like we protect our own eyes, and cherish it like we cherish our own lives, so that beautiful scenes of nature and ecology may stay forever, and serenity, harmony and beauty could be returned to nature. The rise or fall of a civilization is closely tied to its relationship with nature.

    ——May 2018, speech at the National Environmental Protection Conference

    In the face of environmental challenges, all countries are in a community with destinies linked, and no country can stay immune. Only together can we effectively address climate change, marine pollution, biological conservation and other global environmental issues and achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Only concerted efforts can drive home the idea of green development and bring about steady progress in the ecological conservation of the globe.

    ——April 2019, remarks at the opening ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019, Beijing
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