Controversy over Green Chinese nominations

The inclusion of actress Gong Li on this year's shortlist for the "Green Chinese" awards has been met with a "mixed response", official newspaper China Daily reported on Thursday.

The report said that internet commentators had condemned Gong Li for "talking about the environment while wearing fur."

Gong was seen wearing a fur during a session of the political advisory body the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in March, at which she presented a proposal on environmental issues.

The Green Chinese awards honour Chinese public figures who raise awareness on environmental issues. The awards will be presented on December 12 after going to a public vote.

Favorites to win an award include Wang Yongchen, the founder of Green Earth Volunteers.

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