A man wearing a mask for protection against pollution walks by a poster featuring President Xi Jinping, in Beijing on October 26. Xi, considered China’s most powerful and influential leader in decades, has made environmental clean-up and sustainability central to his agenda. Photo: AP

Xi Jinping knows China can’t be great without taking care of its environment

Christine Loh says the emphasis on environmental protection coming from both the president and the constitution is a natural continuation of the party’s agenda of modernisation and social uplift

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A man wearing a mask for protection against pollution walks by a poster featuring President Xi Jinping, in Beijing on October 26. Xi, considered China’s most powerful and influential leader in decades, has made environmental clean-up and sustainability central to his agenda. Photo: AP
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Christine Loh

Christine Loh

Christine Loh is chief development strategist and adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute of the Environment and Division of Environment and Sustainability. She was the former undersecretary for the environment (2012-17), and a former lawmaker. She is also the former CEO of Civic Exchange, a non-profit public policy think tank. She is a lawyer by training, a commodities trader by profession, and an author of many publications.