One year after Premier Li Keqiang declared war on pollution, the central government seems to be refraining from making any new promises on the matter this year, focusing instead on following through on all its previously set targets. South China Morning Post reports.
The lacklustre report on pollution, delivered by Li at the opening of the National People’s Congress’ annual full session on Thursday came amid seething public grievances on the smog issue, made more pronounced in recent days by former state television presenter Chai Jing’s viral documentary.
Chai’s 103-minute video blames China’s powerful oil companies and weak enforcement for the country’s continued pollution woes.
In his speech, Li admitted that pollution was “a blight on people’s quality of life and a trouble that weighed on their hearts”.
He set a wide range of pollution emission targets for the year, repeating a commitment to crack down “with iron fists” on illegal polluters as well as those who failed to properly carry out their supervisory duties.