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tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex
ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.
Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol
ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle
ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.
This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o
f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.
China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
Travelers on laid-back trips for the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday crowded to return home on Sunday, China Railway Corp said.
According to the State-owned railway provider, about 14.54 million visits would be made on
Sunday, the last day of the three-day break, and 732 trains were added to deal with the rush.
High-tech assistance was available to travelers, such as facial recognition speeding up entry and visual-reality navigati
on in 45 railway stations operated by the Wuhan branch of China Railway Corp.
Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming, is a traditional holiday for honoring ancestors an
d also a break for spring outings. This year, the holiday fell on Friday through Sunday.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Chinese visitors made ov
er 112 million visits during the holiday, up 10.9 percent from last year. Revenue gene
rated by the holiday travel saw a year-on-year rise of 13.7 percent, reaching 47.89 billion yuan ($7.14 billion).