China fails to make progress on environment, report says

China has not made any progress in protecting the environment in the past three years, state media on Monday cited an official report as saying.
China ranked 100 out of 118 countries in terms of environmental protection in the China Modernisation Report 2007 — the same level as in 2004, the China Daily newspaper said, despite government pledges to put the issue at the top of its agenda.

"Compared with its social and economic modernisation, China’s ecological modernisation lags far behind," the paper quoted He Chuanqi, head of the research group that put together the report, as saying.
"The government needs to ensure that economic development will not result in further environmental deterioration in the next 50 years," He said.

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