December 14, 2017 / 3:29 AM / a year ago

Steady Chinese economic growth provides room for more pollution controls

A man wearing a face mask rides a bicycle on a bridge in front of the financial district of Pudong covered in smog during a polluted day in Shanghai, China November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s steady economic growth provides a good opportunity for stepping up pollution controls, statistics bureau spokesman Mao Shengyong told reporters following a regular press conference on Thursday.

Beijing is in the midst of an unprecedented crackdown on polluting industries in an effort to clean up the environment.

China’s economy will continue the steady trend in 2018 and has scope for more investment, Mao said at the news conference, adding that China will push structural reforms and high quality growth in 2018.

Reporting by Kevin Yao; Editing by Sam Holmes

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