Chinese premier sets sights on pollution

In his annual address to China's national parliament, premier Wen Jiabao pledged to focus on tackling pollution in a year when the country will be tested by the Olympic Games, agencies reported on Wednesday.

Wen was reported as saying that said heavy polluters would be a particular target of government efforts to stifle excessive investment.

"We will implement the plan to close down backward production facilities in the electricity, steel, cement, coal and paper-making
industries", Reuters reported the premier as saying in a speech to nearly 3,000 deputies of the National People’s Congress.

As Beijing prepares to host the Games in August, Wen promised a successful event with "an excellent environment", the report said.

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