China says environment losing out to development

China must integrate environmental conservation into its development plans, Reuters reported officials as saying on Tuesday, as the country's environmental watchdog said pollution across the country was getting worse.

"We should firmly forbid those projects which damage the environment or cause pollution in the construction process," said Wu Xiaoqing, a vice minister at China’s State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA).

The comments came as the United Nations marked International Biodiversity Day with the signing of five joint grant agreements with
the European Union and the Chinese government.

"Biodiversity should be regarded as a key performance indicator," he said at the signing ceremony for the grants.

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