China : eyes green growth, vows to curb pollution

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that China will make the utmost efforts to promote green growth and curb pollution. China Daily reports

“Green growth focuses on energy conservation, reduced energy consumption, sustainabledevelopment and environmental protection, ” Wen said during a meeting with the foreignparticipants of the annual meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation onEnvironment and Development (CCICED) in Beijing.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to environmental protection and considersit an important foundation for the country’s economic restructuring process, Wen said.

Pollution has become a daunting challenge for China’s economic development, he said, addingthat China will improve its legal system in regards to environmental protection and enhance itsenvironmental monitoring standards.

“We will further integrate our standards with relevant international standards,” Wen told theguests, explaining that such an aspiration aims to narrow the gap between monitoring resultsand how the Chinese people feel about their living environment.

The premier also spoke highly of the policy suggestions that the CCICED has proposed in the20 years since its establishment, and expressed his hopes that the organization will continue itsrole in helping promote China’s sustainable development.

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