China says polluting industry still growing too fast, heavy smog alert for Beijing
Published on Mar 26, 2014 12:19 AM
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's energy-hungry, high-polluting industries continued to grow too fast in 2013, putting "huge pressures" on the environment and causing air quality to worsen, the country's pollution agency said on Tuesday.
Premier Li Keqiang "declared war" on pollution in a major policy address this month, but China has long struggled to strike a balance between protecting the environment and keeping up economic growth.
China is still too slow in reforming its resource-intensive economy, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a statement on its website.
"The pace of restructuring and upgrading industries has slowed, the mode of development remains crude, and emissions of atmospheric pollutants have long exceeded environmental capacity," it said.
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