Sunday, March 17, 2013
"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.