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Interview with China’s Deputy Minister of the Environment: “The Chinese Miracle Will End Soon”

Posted by Delbert on August 5th, 2007

SPIEGEL Interview with China’s Deputy Minister of the Environment: “The Chinese Miracle Will End Soon” – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News
“The Chinese Miracle Will End Soon”

The world has been dazzled in recent years by the economic strides being made by China. But it has come at a huge cost to the country’s environment. Pollution is a serious and costly problem. Pan Yue of the ministry of the environment says these problems will soon overwhelm the country and will create millions of “environmental refugees.”

Industry is booming in China at the moment, but so too is pollution.

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Industry is booming in China at the moment, but so too is pollution.

SPIEGEL: China is dazzling the world with its booming economy, which grew by 9.5 percent. Aren’t you pleased with this speed of growth?

Pan: Of course I am pleased with the success of China’s economy. But at the same time I am worried. We are using too many raw materials to sustain this growth. To produce goods worth $10,000, for example, we need seven times more resources than Japan, nearly six times more than the United States and, perhaps most embarrassing, nearly three times more than India. Things can’t, nor should they be allowed to go on like that.

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SPIEGEL Interview with China’s Deputy Minister of the Environment: “The Chinese Miracle Will End Soon” – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News

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