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China promotes sea water desalination to address water shortage

(People's Daily)

16:21, February 15, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The General Office of the State Council recently put forward the industry development goals for the period from now to 2015 : China’s ability of sea water desalination reaches 2.2 million to 2.6 million cubic meters per day; the rate of independent innovation for manufacturing raw materials, equipment for sea water desalination reaches above 70 percent; establishing comparatively perfect sea water desalination industry chain with the ability of researching, developing and manufacturing key technologies, equipment, materials reaching the advanced international level.

According to an official with the Development and Reform Commission, China started to conduct research and development on sea water desalination in the 1950s and carried out engineering demonstration in the 11th Five-Year Plan period, consequently, China's sea water desalination industry has enjoyed rapid development.

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