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China's rapid economic development and urbanization over the last three decades has meant new opportunities for hundreds of millions of Chinese. Increasingly, however, this same development has led to rising concerns about some of the byproducts of growth - in particular the strain on China's environment and natural resources. To be sure, China's central government has already made significant moves to address these concerns. It's Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2006 - 2010), for example, decreed a 20 percent cut in energy consumption per unit of GDP by 2010.
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