Protecting the environment or economic growth? That is no longer a question for south China's Guangdong Province, where new project proposals must face up to tougher assessment criteria set by the local environmental regulator.
"If we have to choose one of the two, we choose the environment," said Zhou Quan, director of the Guangdong Environmental Protection Administration's supervision and administration department.
Zhou's remark, made yesterday, was made to explain why the authorities rejected 26 (or 10%) of new projects that were subject to the approval of the provincial environmental watchdog during the first half of this year.
"We need a new economic growth mode that balances the environment and economic development," added Zhou who went to explain that Guangdong’s efforts to develop a green economy are five years ahead of many other parts of the country.
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