May 08, 2015 04:50 PM

China 'to Hold Officials Accountable for Life for Environmental Problems'

(Beijing) – China will start holding officials accountable for the entirety of their lives for pollution problems that occur on their watch, a top official said on May 7.

Zhang Yong, a deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic planner, said officials who fail to prevent problems such as pollution of waterways or soil contamination cannot be promoted or hold other positions.

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