Xinhua Headlines: Enhanced law enforcement to make skies blue again

Tourists visit the Qixing Lake Scenic Area of Saihanba National Forest Park in north China's Hebei Province, July 11, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Xiao)

BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature Monday began a two-day extraordinary session on air pollution control as Chinese authorities are determined to improve people's wellbeing by making the skies blue again.

A report on the implementation of the Air Pollution Control Law, which uncovered problems and put forward targeted measures, was submitted for review at the session.

When delivering the report, Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said since the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress in 2012, central authorities have waged a war on air pollution with unprecedented strength and pragmatic measures.

Environmental protection awareness has risen markedly among society due to strengthened legal support. But pollution caused by structural layout and slack law enforcement and supervision remains prominent, Li said.

Stating that making the skies blue again is the top priority for pollution control, Li called for efforts to comprehensively and efficiently enforce the Air Pollution Control Law and control pollution through legal means.

China has identified preventing and controlling pollution as one of three "tough battles" in the process of building the moderately prosperous society, along with forestalling and defusing major risks, and carrying out targeted poverty alleviation.

The 13th NPC Standing Committee has put air pollution inspections high on its agenda in its first year of performing duties.

The top legislature's session is held every two months, but can be convened temporarily for special purposes. The report on the implementation of the Air Pollution Control Law, which was originally scheduled for the session in August, was deliberated at the extraordinary session in advance.

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