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China’s Environmental Protection Team Meets in Jiangxi

19 July 2016 | Ministry of Environmental Protection-China News Release

China, 19 July 2016 – The No.4 Central Environmental Protection Inspection Team stationed in Jiangxi Province a couple of days ago to launch environmental inspection there, upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, in an effort to implement the major decisions and deployments of them on environmental protection inspection. The inspection team held a mobilization meeting in Nanchang, the capital city of Jiangxi on July 14. The team leader Li Jiaxiang and deputy team leader Zhao Yingmin delivered remarks on doing well in the inspection. Secretary of the CPC Jiangxi provincial committee Lu Xinshe delivered a mobilization speech. The meeting was chaired by Liu Qi, Acting Governor of the provincial government.

Li Jiaxiang pointed out that the environmental protection inspection is one of the major institutional arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council for promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment. General Secretary Xi Jinping highly valued it, and required taking it as a cutting point to promote ecological progress, highlighting the equal responsibility of the Party and the government for environmental protection, and tightening the implementation of “one position with two responsibilities” system. With respect to the pilot inspection in Hebei Province, General Secretary Xi made important instructions and required adhering to the problem-oriented principle, putting great efforts in revealing problems, being brave to take a serious attitude, paying close attention to this task, and making new headways with the ecological progress. Moreover, Premier Li Keqiang emphasized in this year’s government work report that we will tighten environmental protection inspection, mete out rewards and punishments accordingly, summarize the good practices from the inspection on Hebei, improve the institutions and measures, and enable the local environmental protection efforts to be taken up to new levels. Liu Yunshan, Zhang Gaoli and other central leaders also made important instructions on and put forward specific requirements for the inspection effort.

Li Jiaxiang stressed that the inspection team stationed in Jiangxi to, first and foremost, inspect how the provincial Party committee and provincial government have implemented the national decisions and deployments for environmental protection, solved pressing environmental problems, and taken the main responsibility for protecting the environment in the province, and to urge Jiangxi to promote ecological progress, protect the environment, and advance green development. The team will adhere to the problem-oriented principle, monitor closely the pressing environmental problems that have raised high attention of the central authorities, are strongly complained by the public, and have bad social ramifications, as well as how they are settled; inspect the areas and watersheds with deteriorating environmental quality and how they are treated; oversee if there is any nonfeasance or misconduct by the local Party committees, governments, and relevant government departments; and get to know how the local Party committees and governments have shared the responsibility for protecting the environment, how the “one position with two responsibilities” system has been implemented, and how the liabilities are accounted for.

In response, Lu Xinshe said the central environmental protection inspection team has come to Jiangxi to have an overall physical examination and diagnosis of the local environmental protection effort; the move showcases their close attention to this effort and will greatly advance it. Lu Xinshe called upon the Party committees, the governments, and relevant departments at all levels of this province to resolutely implement the decisions and deployments of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, as well as the guidelines of the important statements of General Secretary Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and other central leaders, align our thoughts with the above said decisions and deployments, subject ourselves to the inspection, offer full cooperation, give honest briefings, and do not cover up any problem. Also, Lu required that for problems with immediate solutions, actions shall be taken as soon as possible to make rectifications one by one; for problems without immediate resolutions, plans shall be prepared to make rectifications within a prescribed period of time; for pressing environmental problems, we shall either arrange interviews or pursue liabilities, and enable the local Party committees and the governments to share the responsibility for environmental protection and the “one position with two responsibilities” system to be deeply rooted in this province. Jiangxi will avail of this opportunity presented by the inspection campaign, put greater efforts in protecting the environment, highlight the priorities, improve the measures, and pay close attention to the implementation of those measures. Also, the province will take a path which enables the economic development and ecological conservation to be upgraded in a complementary way, and build a “Jiangxi model” for the national effort to build a beautiful country.

At the meeting, Zhao Yingmin proposed requirements for the local area to implement the decisions and deployments of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council and to give kind cooperation to the inspection effort. Members of the inspection team, officials concerned with the National Office of Environmental Protection Inspection, and leadership of Jiangxi provincial Party committee and provincial government attended the meeting. Leading officials of the provincial people’s congress and provincial political advisory committee, leading officials of relevant departments under the regional Party committee and regional government, and the leadership of Nanchang municipal Party committee and municipal government observed the meeting. The leading officials of the Party committees and governments of other prefectural cities (counties directly under the provincial government), and leading officials of relevant departments observed the meeting in local meeting venues via teleconference system.

The No.4 Central Environmental Protection Inspection Team is scheduled to be stationed in Jiangxi for about one month from July 14 to August 14, 2016. The contact number is 0791-88918600. The postal address is Mailbox #3616, Nanchang Municipality, Jiangxi. The inspection team will take phone calls between 08:00 and 20:00. According to the requirements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, and the terms of reference of the inspection team, the team will accept and process complaints by letter and by telephone in respect of environmental protection in Jiangxi Province. Other problems falling out of the purview of the team will be transferred to the regions, organizations and departments concerned.

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