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Development and Environmental Conflicts in China

Li Ma and François G. Schmitt
p. 94-102


China has paid little attention to environmental issues over the decades, preferring to give priority to economic development. In this article, we start off with an examination of the acute and catastrophic problems in the environmental domain. We then consider environmental social conflicts these problems have generated, and which have grown exponentially in recent years. We conclude by assessing the Chinese authorities’ approach to these problems.

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Li Ma and François G. Schmitt, « Development and Environmental Conflicts in China », China Perspectives [Online], 2008/2 | 2008, Online since 01 April 2011, connection on 24 May 2017. URL :

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