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China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: premier

China's Premier Li Keqiang arrives for a press conference after the closing ceremony of the annual session of China's legislature, the National People's Congress, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, on March 15, 2015China is falling short of its people’s expectations in battling smog, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, one week after authorities blocked a scathing documentary on the country’s air pollution problem. Li, who is second only to President Xi Jinping in the Communist hierarchy, made the comments at his once-a-year meeting with journalists at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. One year ago, Li pledged that China would declare “war on pollution”, and the premier said Sunday that Beijing is “determined to continue our efforts”. “We will continue to track down and pursue polluting companies,” he said, adding that “environmental authorities must not suffer interference from industry, and should be brave enough to take on responsibility”.

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