China's economy not affected by environmental protection measures: official

A Chinese minister said on Monday that the country's efforts to protect the environment did not have a big impact on the economic development.

Li Ganjie, minister of Environmental Protection, made the remarks in response to a question raised at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

"The efforts to protect the environment and promote the construction of ecological civilization did not affect the economy for the most part," said Li.

The measures taken to protect the environment need exquisite strategies and methods and it cannot be done overnight, Li said, adding that the government showed zero-tolerance to the enterprises breaking the environmental rules while adopting different policies according to different situations.

During the central environmental inspections, we found that the economic indexes of the inspected regions were not affected by the environmental protection measures and were even better than before, said the minister.

Zhang Yong, a deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, echoed Li, saying that most polluting companies need to take measures to reduce negative effects.

At a previous press conference of the Party congress, He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that China will achieve the 2017 economic growth target of 6.5 percent with the economic aggregate climbing to 80 trillion yuan.

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