BEIJING: Today China’s important yearly political consultation begins, followed by the annual parliamentary sessions starting on March 5, known as Lianghui. Timed to coincide with these sessions, The Climate Group has published a new briefing that interprets outcomes from China’s leaders’ last conference, the Third Plenary, which will shape the week’s discussions--where a specific implementation plan will be presented.
Over the past three decades, China has experienced unprecedented growth. GDP has increased from ~US$59 billion in 1978 to ~US$9.4 trillion, making it the world’s second largest economy.
But today China is confronted with complicated challenges. Among these, rapid growth has caused domestic environmental pollution and driven massive consumption of resources. As a result, economic development has been restricted by domestic resource and environmental capacity, and people’s lives and health have been severely affected.
Our new briefing, Eco-civilization: China's blueprint for a new era, provides international readers with an overview of key policy guidelines and priorities the country’s new leadership will adopt in the face of these challenges. In particular, we focus on the government's pioneering low carbon ‘eco-civilization’ concept, which will have a huge impact on China’s future economy.
This is the first time that eco-civilization has been elevated to such a high-level, not only in parallel with, but also cutting across economic, political, cultural, and social systems.
Key messages from the briefing include:
A more in-depth analysis is planned on the precise approaches and policies for China’s comprehensive reforming plan, following the Lianghui.
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