Premier Wen stresses green growth

China will do more to save energy and cut pollution in 2007 while striving to keep the economy growing, premier Wen Jiabao said in Monday's annual report to the country's parliament.
Wen made the need to shun unrestricted growth a theme of his opening address to the two-week National People’s Congress.

"We need to greatly improve the quality and efficiency of economic growth. We must attach greater importance to saving energy and resources, protecting the environment and using land intensively," the premier said.

Yet Wen made no mention of any drive to combat global warming, even though China is on course to overtake the United States as the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases by 2009.