Pollution is a known and rampant issue in China today. Stories about the poor air quality of the huge manufacturing nation come out almost daily. This most recent story concerns the falsification of air quality statistics. “China’s environmental protection watchdog will launch a two-year probe to root out falsified air quality data, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. In China, “the central government puts a lot of pressure on local governments to meet strict pollution reduction targets.” These numbers are often very hard to reach and local governments feel the need to lie in order to appease the government and not get in trouble themselves.
In march, President Xi Jinping stated that the violators of the nation’s environmental laws would be punished with an “iron hand.” I believe that China must say such things in order to appear firm when it comes to environmental issues. The country already has a bad wrap when it comes to air pollution and illegal dumping into the ocean and other water sources. “The environmental protection ministry had told local governments to cut air pollutants by 5%-25% by 2017.” This incident has hurt their “environmental image” a great deal. In order to pull away from this stereotype of not being environmentally conscious, things like this will need to stop.