Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, has made multiple inspection tours to the Yangtze River and the Yellow River.
Due to his efforts, the ecological protection and high-quality development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the Yellow River basin have become major national strategies.
Xi's ties with rivers go beyond the Yangtze River and the Yellow River. The rivers and lakes running through this vast land of 9.6 million square kilometers and carrying the lives and dreams of the 1.4 billion Chinese people are all on his mind.
A fisherman hauling in his catch on the Chagan Lake in Northeast China's Jilin Province once saw Xi.
At the Beihai Golden Bay in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the mangrove forest protecting the river mouth saw him.
Beside Erhai Lake under the Cangshan Mountain in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, he took a photo with local officials, hoping that the water in the lake will be cleaner than in future photos.
The rivers and lakes carry Xi's responsibility and aspirations, and a better future for the Chinese people.