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Why Xi is pushing for high quality growth

Breakneck first phase is over and now China has to clean up and switch to a more sustainable growth model, but that too has its challenges

In his address at the 19th Party Congress last year, President Xi Jinping made a push for environmentally sustainable development as part of a slate of many new policy initiatives for China.

"Human beings must respect nature and observe the laws of nature… Any harm we inflict on nature will eventually return to haunt us," he said in his call for accelerated efforts to promote green development.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Why Xi is pushing for high quality growth'. Print Edition | Subscribe