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Environmental inspection helps China’s economic restructuring
October 19,2017   By:People's Daily
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Oct. 19, 2017 -- Saihanba, a 74,000-hectare forestation project in north China's Hebei province. The forest has become a green "Great Wall" for preventing desertification and protecting water resources. Every year, more than 500,000 tourists from home and abroad visit Saihanba, bringing in about 40 million yuan ($6.06 million) in tourist revenues. Saihanba is a vivid example of China's ecological civilization. (Photo by Pei Guangjiang from People's Daily)

Oct. 19, 2017 -- Questions are being asked about whether China's increased air pollution inspections might affect economic growth, but, the latest statistics from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) indicate quite the opposite, that the campaign has not restricted the economic growth of cities, it has pushed it.

The inspection campaign called "2+26"was started this April in a bid to improve urban environments.

During its one-year period, inspectors are being sent to Beijing, Tianjin and 26 smaller cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding areas, on 25 missions to check on the implementation of pollution controls and emissions standards.

Over the past three months, they have discovered 20,000 businesses with environmental issues and dealt with 8,000 environmental violations and they have forced enterprises involved to restructure and upgrade themselves.

In July, Shandong Province in East China shut down Jinan Steel, which had an annual output of 12 million tons, to turn to service industries and modern logistic development and, its city of Jinan relocated 54 enterprises and removed 323 boilers from its old industrial zone.

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