Chinese central government is keen to use the legal system in its fight against pollution. Photo: ReutersChinese central government is keen to use the legal system in its fight against pollution. Photo: Reuters
Chinese central government is keen to use the legal system in its fight against pollution. Photo: Reuters

China steps up prosecutions for pollution as officials promise ‘zero tolerance’ for environmental crimes

  • Law enforcement says more than 3,500 were prosecuted in the first 10 months of the year – a 40 per cent increase on the previous year
  • Government push to tackle problem has been hampered by local authorities turning a blind eye to polluting businesses

Topic |   China pollution
Chinese central government is keen to use the legal system in its fight against pollution. Photo: ReutersChinese central government is keen to use the legal system in its fight against pollution. Photo: Reuters
Chinese central government is keen to use the legal system in its fight against pollution. Photo: Reuters
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