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China’s Smog Battle Losing ‘Momentum’ In Some Regions, Environment Minister Says
28 Jan, 2019

Some regions in China have lost “momentum” when it comes to tackling pollution, with local officials blaming the country’s economic downturn on overzealous campaigns against smog.

Minister of Ecology and Environment Li Ganjie said while some impoverished regions were struggling to transform their old industrial economies, regional officials should firmly resist the notion that the “war on pollution” had undermined growth.

China’s gross domestic product grew 6.6 per cent in 2018, its lowest rate of increase since 1990, and Li’s speech reflects concern among senior Chinese officials that a deeper downturn could derail the country’s economic restructuring plans.

Source: South China Morning Post - https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2183967/chinas-smog-battle-losing-momentum-some-regions-environment