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The Great Leap Backward?

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
September/October 2007
Foreign Affairs


China's environmental woes are mounting, and the country is fast becoming one of the leading polluters in the world. The situation continues to deteriorate because even when Beijing sets ambitious targets to protect the environment, local officials generally ignore them, preferring to concentrate on further advancing economic growth. Really improving the environment in China will require revolutionary bottom-up political and economic reforms.

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