Saihanba National Forest Park, China's largest man-made woodland, in Weichang Manchu and Mongolian autonomous county in Chengde, Hebei province. [Photo/Xinhua] China will release by the end of the year regional rankings in the green development index, which will encourage local governments to give more attention to environmental protection in national economic development, the head of the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday. The index is a system that evaluates economic performance taking account of various environmental indicators rather than merely the speed of growth. Based on the index, the government will roll out new statistical methods to better promote high-quality growth, Ning Jizhe, head of the National Bureau of Statistics, said during the annual conference of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. China has switched from pursuing high-speed growth to aiming for high-quality growth, and local economic performance evaluation systems should be adjusted to better support China in achieving the new goals, Ning said. The index, which was introduced late last year, measures economic development based on indicators such as total energy consumption, carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product and total water consumption. Yang Weimin, deputy director of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs, said China will not pursue sheer GDP growth in its economic development. The country does not have the conditions to pursue high-speed growth due to its consumption upgrading, reduction of the labor force and financial risks, as well as resource and environmental restraints, Yang said. If we blindly pursue rapid growth, the risk entailed will be greater than the GDP growth, Yang said. The country has now adopted a development path focusing on addressing people's concerns, instead of sheer GDP growth, he said. The Communist Party of China has incorporated the Beautiful China ecological and environmental concepts into its two-stage development plan for building a great modern socialist country by the mid-21st century, according to the report General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered at the 19th CPC National Congress in October. In addition to creating more material and cultural wealth to meet people's ever-increasing needs for a better life, China must also provide more quality ecological goods to meet people's ever-growing demands for a beautiful environment, the report said. Han Xiaoping, chief information officer of China Energy Net Consulting, said many enterprises have increased their investment in upgrading their equipment to reduce polluting emissions, and the money is well-spent, since it significantly increased their energy efficiency, he said. Contact the writer at zoushuo@chinadaily.com.cn personalised silicone wristbands
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Many sectors of Chinese society mourned the death of renowned Hong Kong philanthropist and prominent industrialist Tin Ka-ping, who died at the age of 99 in the city on Tuesday morning.Leading the tributes was the central government's top representative in Hong Kong, Wang Zhiming, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Wang expressed his sorrow over Tin's death on Wednesday.He said he respected and appreciated Tin's lifelong love for the country and his great contribution to education in China.Tin cared about society and promoted public welfare in ways that will benefit future generations, Wang said.Joining him was Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. She said on Tuesday that Tin not only made significant contributions to the industrial development of Hong Kong but was also devoted to philanthropy over the past few decades, both in the special administrative region and on the mainland.Lam said she was grieved to learn of Tin's passing and extended condolences to his family.Hong Kong's Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yunhung said the Tin Ka Ping Foundation funded various educational institutions, from kindergartens to universities, as well as several scholarship and exchange programs that benefit a large number of local students.Born in Guangdong province, Tin moved to Hong Kong in 1958. He was successful in his early days in the chemicals business and later made a fortune in real estate. He devoted his life to promoting the development of charities, donating 80 percent of his total assets to different fields, especially education.So far, the foundation, a nonprofit charity founded by Tin in 1982, has funded 318 education institutions, more than 1,800 rural libraries, 29 hospitals and about 130 bridges and roads across 34 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China.Educational institutions that were funded by Tin in both Hong Kong and the mainland also expressed both sorrow and appreciation.The University of Hong Kong said that Tin was a selfless educator and philanthropist who had contributed immensely to the development of teaching, learning and research in Hong Kong and on the mainland.Zhejiang University posted a tribute to Tin on its social media account. Tin provided money to establish the Tin Ka Ping Academy on the Xixi campus of the university. As it is the place where most students go for classes, the building bears witness to students' growth, the university said.Tin's name and the building have been integrated into the university, the post said.Other universities and middle schools in different provinces, including Guangdong, Sichuan, Yunnan, Jiangsu, also mourned Tin. All of them have received donations. 
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