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China rejects polluting industry plans

CHINA has rejected requests to build 47 industrial projects involving 200 billion yuan (US$29.2 billion) so far this year in a bid to enhance environment protection and curb overcapacity, senior officials said today.

Most of the refused projects were in the sectors of steel, chemical engineering, petrochemicals, non-ferrous metals and electricity power generation, said Zhu Xingxiang, director of environment evaluation department at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, at a press conference in Beijing.

Chinese authorities have paid growing attention to the quality of development after its massive stimulus efforts have reversed an economic slowdown.

Environmental protection has been stressed as a key element to sustain development, while investment will be channeled to more "green" industries and those with growth potential, Zhu said.

"The steel industry is the focus of our supervision," Zhu said, according to Xinhua news agency. "There is too much capacity being built without government approval. In the future, we are also tightening approval for hydropower projects as they will damage local habitats and fishing areas."


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