China’s green province – Wang Dongying
Three decades of economic growth have significantly boosted China’s international standing. The country now boasts the world’s fastest growing economy, expanding by 10.7% in 2006, its fourth consecutive year of double-figure growth.
China’s rapid industrialisation has attracted the attention of the west. But over time, some of this focus has shifted to the impact that this growth is having on the environment. Both Chinese and international media increasingly view China as a classic example of failure in balancing the country’s economy and environment; a story seen repeated in other large developing countries such as Brazil and India.
But something different is happening in Jiangsu province. Situated on China’s east coast, the province has been described as the flagship of the country’s green development, and is now attracting international attention in its own right. [Full Text]