China to “improve environment assessment”

China will improve strategic environmental assessment procedures after the suspension of a controversial petrochemical project in Xiamen, Xinhua reported China's official environmental watchdog as saying on Saturday.

"China will mobilize social forces to speed up strategic environmental assessment so that environmental protection can play a bigger role in government decision-making processes," the deputy director of China’s State Environmental Protection Administration, Pan Yue, was quoted as saying.

An expert committee for environmental assessment was formed in Beijing on Friday, the report said.

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