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Development of China’s environmental legislation

Tianbao Qin and Meng Zhang (UGent)
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Is China a superhero intent on saving the world economy or a monster focused on damaging the global environment? As a developing country with the largest population in the world, China has wrought a stunning miracle of economic development. However, this rapid economic growth, like a double-edged sword, has given rise to severe environmental problems, such as climate change, water pollution and resource exhaustion among others. Moreover, these environmental challenges will in turn lead to new political, economic and social problems. Although the Rio Conference is now 20 years old, sustainable development is still a hot topic of discussion and a crucial issue in China. Currently, the country is facing a grave ecological situation and must undertake the arduous task of addressing the environmental problems. Widespread, persistent smog has continued to afflict many parts of China in recent years, arousing public concern and underlining the need to switch from the current model of extensive development to a green, environment-friendly economy. China’s environmental legislation has evolved slowly and developed over the last few decades, marking remarkable achievements in the context of a legal framework for environmental protection. However, China still has a long way to go on the road towards achieving the goals that underlie the environmental legislation.
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Legislation, Environmental law, China, Sustainable development

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Qin, Tianbao, and Meng Zhang. “Development of China’s Environmental Legislation.” Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China, edited by Eva Sternfeld, Routledge, 2017, pp. 17–30.
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Qin, T., & Zhang, M. (2017). Development of China’s environmental legislation. In E. Sternfeld (Ed.), Routledge handbook of environmental policy in China (pp. 17–30). Routledge.
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Qin, Tianbao, and Meng Zhang. 2017. “Development of China’s Environmental Legislation.” In Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China, edited by Eva Sternfeld, 17–30. Routledge.
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Qin, Tianbao, and Meng Zhang. 2017. “Development of China’s Environmental Legislation.” In Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China, ed by. Eva Sternfeld, 17–30. Routledge.
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Qin T, Zhang M. Development of China’s environmental legislation. In: Sternfeld E, editor. Routledge handbook of environmental policy in China. Routledge; 2017. p. 17–30.
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T. Qin and M. Zhang, “Development of China’s environmental legislation,” in Routledge handbook of environmental policy in China, E. Sternfeld, Ed. Routledge, 2017, pp. 17–30.
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  abstract     = {Is China a superhero intent on saving the world economy or a monster focused on damaging the global environment? As a developing country with the largest population in the world, China has wrought a stunning miracle of economic development. However, this rapid economic growth, like a double-edged sword, has given rise to severe environmental problems, such as climate change, water pollution and resource exhaustion among others. Moreover, these environmental challenges will in turn lead to new political, economic and social problems. Although the Rio Conference is now 20 years old, sustainable development is still a hot topic of discussion and a crucial issue in China. Currently, the country is facing a grave ecological situation and must undertake the arduous task of addressing the environmental problems. Widespread, persistent smog has continued to afflict many parts of China in recent years, arousing public concern and underlining the need to switch from the current model of extensive development to a green, environment-friendly economy. China’s environmental legislation has evolved slowly and developed over the last few decades, marking remarkable achievements in the context of a legal framework for environmental protection. However, China still has a long way to go on the road towards achieving the goals that underlie the environmental legislation.},
  author       = {Qin, Tianbao and Zhang, Meng},
  booktitle    = {Routledge handbook of environmental policy in China},
  editor       = {Sternfeld, Eva},
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  keywords     = {Legislation,Environmental law,China,Sustainable development},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {17--30},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Routledge International Handbooks},
  title        = {Development of China’s environmental legislation},
  year         = {2017},
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