A boat sails along the Three Gorges section of the Yangtze River in Zigui County of Yichang, central China's Hubei Province on Dec. 7, 2019. (Photo by Zheng Jiayu/Xinhua)
China mulls new law to better protect Yangtze River. The draft is China's first legislation on a specific river basin.
BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese lawmakers Monday started deliberating a draft law on Yangtze River conservation aimed at protecting the ecological environment of the Yangtze River basin and facilitate green development.
The draft was submitted for the first reading at the ongoing bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature.
Consisting of nine chapters with 84 provisions, the draft is China's first legislation on a specific river basin.
The draft is expected to address prominent problems damaging the ecological system of the Yangtze River basin, prevent and rectify various disruptive behaviors and boost the high-quality development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, said Gao Hucheng, chairman of the NPC Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee, while briefing lawmakers on the draft Monday. ■