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Chinese Vice Premier pledges better environment with "clean water, blue skies"

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08:20, December 21, 2011

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (L, front) shakes hands with representatives of the advanced collectives and individuals in the field of environmental protection during a meeting with them in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday that the government will strive to provide people with a more livable environment featuring clean water and blue skies.

Li made the remark at the 7th National Environmental Protection Conference held in Beijing, stressing that the government should keep a balance between economic development and environmental preservation.

The vice premier said a basic suitable environment is a public product that the government should make sure is provided to its people, adding that the government should make more preparations for monitoring levels of PM2.5, or particulate matter 2.5 micrometers in diameter or less, in the air.

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