"New" Environmental Protection Minister of China

Xinhua, the Chinese government’s official news outlet, noted that the National People’s Congress, at the end of its annual session today, endorsed the new line-up of China’s Central Government ministers.    Turns out that the new Minister is also the old one — Zhou Shengxian, who has led China’s MEP since 2005.  (He had been re-nominated as part of the new set of ministers by new Premier Li Keqiang.)  For purposes of continued US-China (MEP-US EPA) environmental cooperation, that should be welcome news, since he and former Administrator Lisa Jackson had a positive and strong relationship.  However, Zhou is currently just shy of 64 and will be required to leave his post when he reaches the mandatory retirement age in a few years.

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