Hebei’s environmental work under spotlight at press conference
 
Gao Jianmin, head of the Hebei Provincial Environmental Protection Department, answers questions during a group interview on "securing victory in the hard battle for better environment", held by the press center of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 23, 2017. Photo: Xinhua
 
Although China has pledged to meet the air quality standard by 2035, concerns over air pollution have never ceased, in particular in areas around capital Beijing. 
 
During a press conference on Monday on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Gao Jianmin, the Party secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection of Hebei Province was asked a series of questions by Chinese reporters about the province’s future plans for handling environmental issues.
 
Accompanied by other four top environmental officials from Fujian, Liaoning, Jiangsu and Yunnan provinces, Mr. Gao became the “protagonist” of the press conference as half of the total 10 questions were addressed to Gao. 
 
The first question raised by a Hong Kong reporter about the schedule of environment management in Hebei Province was followed by four more questions to Gao. 
 
As Hebei province is China’s top steel producer, and how it deals with its steel production while maintaining good air quality has been a top concern among the public. And as China’s first cross-regional environmental protection organization is to be set in the region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and neighbouring areas, the province’s environmental protection efforts are under increased scrutiny of the media. 
 
The number of questions about Hebei shows the rising concern about the environment in Beijing’s surrounding areas. 
 
In fact, while the southern part of Hebei Province is facing severe air pollution, the northern part including Chengde and Zhangjiakou have the top air quality in the country. Regarding the current imbalance of environment quality in the province, the newly appointed official suggests to adopt more scientific ways to cut pollution and to treat environmental issues from the source.

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