Xi stresses role of eco-civilization
President Xi Jinping has called for stepping up efforts in the construction of ecological civilization, according to a statement released on Friday by the central government. Xi urged local governments as well as departments concerned to earnestly implement a new concept of development and bear in mind that clear waters and green mountains are invaluable assets. More should be done to institutionalize and legalize ecological civilization and to speed up a greener, renewable and lowcarbon growth, Xi said. to root out poverty. Under the outline, 128,000 impoverished villages and 832 counties across the country will be lifted out of poverty by 2020.