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China wants to green its image, improve its fragile ecology, and reduce desertification by increasing its forest cover to 23 percent by 2020. During the past five years, the Chinese government has spent $82 million on planting forests. And in 2018 China intends to plant 6.6 million hectares of forest – an area roughly the size of Ireland. Telesur reports: The Chinese government has also improved its enforcement of existing environmental laws and protections and prioritized sanctioning companies are polluting or violating local and national environmental rules.The government has also issued a new national program that promotes an "ecological red line" that hopefully will help curb "irrational development" such as constructions near rivers, forests and national parks. Reuters reports: By 2035, China hopes to have achieved a 26 percent forest cover.