Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2018, Vol. 73 ›› Issue (10): 1829-1836.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201810001

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Conservation of the Yangtza River and sustainable development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt:An understanding of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important instructions and suggestions for their implementation

LU Dadao()   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2018-09-01 Online:2018-10-25 Published:2018-10-25
  • Supported by:
    Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41530634


The "T" structures in China's territorial development and economic layout remain to be the two areas with the greatest potential for economic growth in China. This paper, by preliminarily expounding the strategic position of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the significance of implementing General Secretary Xi Jinping's instruction of "promoting well-coordinated environmental conservation and avoiding excessive development", pointed out that this economic belt failed to recognize the importance of conservation despite of its rapid economic growth during the past two decades. The author believed that the key to conscientiously implementing President Xi's instruction of "promoting well-coordinated environmental conservation and avoiding excessive development" lies in the word "well-coordinated", which highlights the importance of joint efforts. Several main areas in which all regions and sectors should take long-term concrete coordinated actions were then put forward.

Key words: Yangtze River Economic Belt, golden waterway, strategic space, comprehensive solution, sustainable development