China's war on pollution has not caused unemployment: minister

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Posted: Oct 23, 2017 4:12 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's campaign against pollution has not caused job losses or hurt its economy, the country's environment minister said at a briefing on Monday.

Speaking on the sidelines of China's Communist Party Congress, Minister of Environmental Protection Li Ganjie told reporters that the establishment of an environmental protection system would eventually benefit economic development.

China has been cracking down on big industrial polluters to reverse the damage done to its skies, rivers and soil by more than three decades of breakneck growth. It will impose tough production curbs throughout northern China this winter.

(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Meng Meng; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)