Suppressed:750,000 a year killed by Chinese pollution – Richard McGregor

The Financial Times reveals China’s push for environmental transparency only goes so far:

Beijing engineered the removal of nearly a third of a World Bank report on in China because of concerns that findings on premature deaths could provoke “social unrest”.

The report, produced in co-operation with Chinese government ministries over several years, found about 750,000 people die prematurely in China each year, mainly from air pollution in large cities. [Full Text]

The newspaper quotes a retired State Environment Protection Agency official connected to the removal as saying Chinese representatives “did not want to make this report too thick.”

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