China eyes green growth

Updated: 2011-11-16 09:29


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BEIJING - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing Tuesday that China will make the utmost efforts to promote green growth and curb pollution.

"Green growth focuses on energy conservation, reduced energy consumption, sustainable development and environmental protection, " Wen said during a meeting with the foreign participants of the annual meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).

The Chinese government attaches great importance to environmental protection and considers it 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, adding that China will improve its legal system in regards to environmental protection and enhance its environmental monitoring standards.

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

The premier also spoke highly of the policy suggestions that the CCICED has proposed in the 20 years since its establishment, and expressed his hopes that the organization will continue its role in helping promote China's sustainable development.