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2015 33th Issue: Ge Zhirong: Quality and Efficiency is of Critical Importance

Ge Zhirong: Councilor of the State Council

It now represents the best time for energy conservation and environmental protection in China. As ¡°new normal¡± of our economy has been proposed by the central government in December last year, new concepts and ideas have been put forward for green economic development.

Last week, the Shanghai Municipal government cancelled GDP requirements in its government work report and represents the first government at the municipal level to make such a cancellation. This provides huge room for environmental protection efforts in our country. We must seize the good policy opportunity.

Quality and efficiency is of critical importance for energy conservation and environmental protection. In May last year, while visiting Henan Province, President Xi Jinping proposed three transformations for China¡¯s economy, which have placed high importance on the quality of economic development. Similarly, Premier Li Keqiang also referred to quality and efficiency in September last year. Quality must be put on the first place rather than speed in economic development. I have full confidence that with ¡°quality¡± in mind, APEC Blue will be sustained in China.

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