China courts Big Business to tackle water pollution

Foreign and domestic companies are being given a unique opportunity to cash-in on Beijing's big clean-up.

Chen Xiaoping is in no doubt what is to blame for the parlous state of China’s rivers, often thick with industrial waste that threatens the country’s water supply.

Sitting in his offices in Hong Kong, the chief executive of China Everbright International CEI, one of China’s biggest water and waste management companies, tells FinanceAsia that the country’s growth story has made the rivers toxic.

“The excessive economic growth during the past 30 years is one of the many factors, thus  the environment is a historical debt to pay,” he said. “But it’s not too late.”

It is a sentiment shared by...

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