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China Update

Published by MAC on 2006-04-21

China Update

21st April 2006

While Chinese President Hu Jintao is visiting the United States, focussing on the economic growth that has made the country the world's fourth largest economy, the Chinese Premier warns of the seriousness of the country's environmental problems that come with such economic growth. Even though the head of the Chinese Environmental Protection Administration admits that environmental problems will lead to social unrest, it does not stop the state persecuting environmental activists that speak out or to act on the appalling health and safety situation in the coal mining industry, perhaps because of how much some state officials have invested in it.

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