who has called Beijing home for 15 years, several of Premier Li’s points affect my family, so it should come as no surprise I paid special attention to these.
First is the environment. While politicians in the US are making the Green New Deal a zero-sum political football, China has
made great strides in improving its environment. While President Trump, is in the process of gutting established domestic envir
onmental regulations, China has become the global leader in promoting a sustainable environment for future gener
ations. While Trump began the process of pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords, whose passage was assu
red by the joint leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama, China is stre
ngthening efforts to prevent and control pollution and boost environmental protection.
Fighting pollution is expensive so it’s heartening to hear from the GWR that China has budgeted 25 billion yuan ($3.73 bil
lion) to prevent and control air pollution, a 25 percent year-on-year increase. Likewise, China will reduce its sul
fur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by 3 percent this year, in an effort to consolidate and increase prev
ious gains in its efforts to keep skies blue. It also will continue its quest to further decrease PM 2.5 density par
ticulate pollution in a number of key areas, such as the Yangtze River Delta and the Beijing-Tianjin Hebei region.