China's GDP is Green

Until recently, Chinese had been proud of the explosive economic growth, an averaged 8-plus percentincrease in GDP over the past 25 years, regardless of heavy costs in biological and environmental fields as well as resources.

Now the central leadership is turning to a scientific concept of development which calls for an overall, coordinate and sustainable development.

Premier Wen Jiabao, in his government work report to the current parliament session, pledged to well handle the issues of population, resources and environment and to meet the requirementsof achieving a harmonious development by coordinating human being and the nature.

In related developments, the State Statistical Bureau (SSB) and the State Environmental Protection Administration are jointly working on the criteria for the so-called green GDP, which will include the costs in environmental, biological and resources fields into account when governments of all levels calculate economic development.

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