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KUNMING, January 22, China daily -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has stressed the importance of environmental protection to benefit humanity.

Highlight 1.22 Xi stresses environmental protection to benefit humanity

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), visits an ecological wetland of Dianchi Lake in Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan province, Jan 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xi made the remarks on Monday afternoon during a visit to an ecological wetland of Dianchi Lake in Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan province.

While expressing appreciation to the conservation work of the lake, he stressed abandoning the old way of gaining economic development at the cost of damaging the environment.

As people are enjoying better living standards at present, what they care about most is the environment, Xi said.

Xi called for continuous efforts to truly turn lucid waters and lush mountains into invaluable assets.

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