Chinese lawmakers pass a law to protect Yangtze River

Chinese lawmakers have passed the Yangtze River Protection Law. Approved by the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress on Saturday, China’s top legislature, following a third review, the law will take effect from March 1, 2021.  

According to reports in Chinese media, the law is formulated to strengthen the protection and restoration of the ecological environment in the Yangtze River basin, facilitate the effective and rational use of resources, safeguard ecological security, ensure harmony between human and nature and achieve sustainable development. 

The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, the third-longest in the world and the longest in the world to flow entirely within one country. It rises at Jari Hill in the Tanggula Mountains (Tibetan Plateau) and flows 6,300 km (3,900 mi) in a generally easterly direction to the East China Sea. It is the sixth-largest river by discharge volume in the world. Its drainage basin comprises one-fifth of the land area of China, and is home to nearly one-third of the country’s population. 

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