Rising pollution “causes Chinese mass incidents”

Anger over worsening pollution in China is fuelling increasing protests, Xinhua reported the country's top environment official as saying.

Chief of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), Zhou Shengxian, said discontent with pollution "has resulted in a
rising number of ‘mass incidents’".

Zhou also lambasted local officials, eager to generate revenue and jobs, who have fended off pollution controls on local businesses.

"In a considerable number of regions, the Party centre’s and State Council’s demands in environmental protection have not been
implemented," Reuters reported Zhou as saying.

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