She said there have been "some true victories" with respect to China's air pollution, but the country still faces major challenges in controlling emissions from vehicles, which are climbing higher even as emissions from coal burning drop.
In recent years, governments at all levels have been working to trim overcapacity. In 2016, the State Council issued two guidelines to fight against excess steel and coal production, demanding a reduction of nearly 500 million metric tons of coal and 100 to 150 million tons of steel in three to five years.
"Wǒyàozhège," I said, pointing to the parting he had just made in the centre of my hair, "zhèlǐ" – here, pointing to the right-hand side of my head. A silent nod from Alan.
The government also said that it will continue to intensify pollution prevention and control by formulating and implementing plans for winning the battle against pollution and an action plan for making the skies blue again.
Institutional obstacles must be removed to facilitate private enterprises' participation in the defense sectors as well as State-owned defense companies' transfer of technologies to private companies, the meeting also decided. Advances in legislation for civil-military integration are also called for.
"China's military has the ability and resolve to defeat all attempts to separate our country, and it will adopt all necessary measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity," ministry spokesman Wu Qian said.
This atmosphere of love was yet to be enhanced by the Qishi festival, which I was told is the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day celebrations.