China, climate and growth; a shift?

Quoted on Climate Progress, the Chinese Premier, Wen Jibao:

We must not any longer sacrifice the environment for the sake of rapid growth and reckless rolll-outs, as that would result in unsustainable growth featuring industrial overcapacity and intensive resource consumption.

The environment minister, Zhou Shengxian:

In China’s thousands of years of civilization, the conflict between humankind and nature has never been as serious as it is today. The depletion, deterioration and exhaustion of resources and the worsening ecological environment have become bottlenecks and grave impediments to the nation’s economic and social development.


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