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China's emission-cuts unaffected by slowing economy


08:36, November 28, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- China's economic slowdown will not affect its determination to meet the targets of cutting emissions during the next few years, experts have told Xinhua.

In the third quarter of 2012, the country's economy grew by 7.4 percent year on year, slowing for the seventh consecutive quarter and down from 7.6 percent in the second quarter and 8.1 percent in the first, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

As its economy slowed, worries have lingered over whether the country would sacrifice its commitment to reduce emissions in favor of seeking steady growth. Right now, countries are calculating China's commitment in combating climate change as the actions of the world's second-largest economy have come into the limelight at the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

However, Yang Hongwei, director of the energy efficiency center under the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), told Xinhua on Tuesday that slow growth will not hurt China's determination to conserve energy and reduce emissions.

In recent years, the country has consistently strengthened its efforts in energy conservation and emission reduction, and as a result, energy consumption per unit of GDP has been decreasing year by year.

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