12 Jul 2013 11:19
BEIJING, July 9 (Bernama) -- An education and publicity campaign on the "Chinese dream" debuted on Tuesday, with Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian delivering a lecture on environmental protection. The "Chinese dream" is a concept introduced by President Xi Jinping that is widely understood to represent the renewal of China, Xinhua news agency reported. Zhou said China must attach equal importance to economic development and environmental protection, and that priority should be given to preventing the degradation of air, water and soil quality. He also stressed efforts to restructure China's industries, cap coal consumption, improve fuel quality and protect rural areas. Tuesday's lecture was attended by representatives from government agencies and military, Beijing-based state-owned enterprises and university teachers and students. The campaign was jointly launched by, among others, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Ministry of Education and CPC Beijing Municipal Committee. --BERNAMA EE