China's Five-Year Plan

China gets tougher on environmental violations

Date of Release: 
May 11 2016

China imposed stiffer punishments on companies that violated environmental laws last year, according to new research that illustrates Beijing’s growing resolve to push through aspects of a greener social agenda.

The research, conducted by financial index provider MSCI, recorded a near doubling in the cost of environmental penalties on selected companies in 2015 compared with the previous year and a near tripling in the likelihood that punitive action would be taken against offenders.

The study covered 155 Chinese companies that are constituents of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

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China to ban all logging of forests in distinctly green new five-year plan

Date of Release: 
Nov 4 2015

The Communist Party has vowed to completely ban logging in natural forests for commercial purposes in the next five years.

In March, authorities announced plans to outlaw commercial logging in certain key zones around the country after the ban was piloted in Heilongjiang province last April.

The 13th five-year plan will now extend the ban nationwide, according to a communiqué on the party's recent policymaking session in Beijing was released by Xinhua yesterday afternoon.

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How the next five-year plan will change China: blueprint for nation's development explained

Date of Release: 
Nov 4 2015

China’s government has released full details of proposals for the country’s social and economic policies for the next five years.

A communiqué published by the state-run news agency Xinhua follows a meeting last week of senior members of the Communist Party to discuss the next five-year plan. The proposals include:

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