China vows to protect environment

China's future depends on its efforts to protect the environment, agencies reported president Hu Jintao as saying in his keynote address to the Communist Party  Congress on Monday.

In his 150-minute speech to the five-yearly congress, Hu said environmental protection was vital to "the survival and development of the Chinese nation".

"Our economic growth is realised at an excessively high cost of resources and the environment," he added.

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