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The Shift to High-Quality, Green Development

China’s system of Five-Year Plans is of strategic importance for its domestic as well as regional and multilateral objectives. Five-Year Plans identify key development and social objectives, market condition assumptions, strategic sectors, priority geographic areas, quantitative targets and other themes, pathways and directions. In late 2018, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the State Council1 reviewed progress in implementing the current, 13th Five-Year Plan (which covers the years 2016– 2020). Several areas of ongoing environmental progress were highlighted in the late 2018 review, including in freshwater management, the decoupling of energy consumption per unit of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP, and forestry. It also noted challenges, including air quality, urban water quality and soil contamination.

Document Type: Issues Papers Year: 2019 Phase: Phase VI (2017-2021)

The Shift to High-Quality, Green Development

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