China's top officials push for environmental protection

Added On July 12, 2018

China's top legislature concluded a two-day extraordinary session on Tuesday, adopting a resolution on environmental protection and pollution control during its closing meeting.

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress, or NPC, Standing Committee, said the session was aimed at improving the implementation of the major decisions and plans of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on pollution prevention and control.
He added the meeting would also support the people's congresses' strength in environmental protection.
Legislators at the session reviewed a report on the implementation of the Air Pollution Control Law.
The report was compiled after the NPC Standing Committee sent four teams to eight provincial-level regions to examine the implementation of the law during May and June.
They also ordered inspections by local legislatures in the other 23 provincial-level areas.
Li said members of the NPC Standing Committee had spoken highly of the inspection teams' work and expressed support for the report.
They also stressed the importance of law enforcement, green development, and increasing awareness of environmental protection, adding more work should be done to control emissions from diesel-powered vehicles.
The NPC Chairman said remarkable achievements have been made in pollution control, but that the situation regarding air pollution remains serious.
He added priority should be given to major issues concerning the overall status of reform, development and stability and main problems in supervision that are of public concern.