Source:Global Times Published: 2016-3-7 22:48:01

Han Changfu

Minister of Agriculture

China's milk industry has developed fast in recent years and the average consumption of dairy foods has increased from less than 8 kilograms per person in 2000 to about 30 kilograms now, Han said at a press briefing in Beijing on Monday.

The quality of domestic milk has also improved a lot, with more than 90 percent mechanized milking and closed cold-chain logistics, Han said.

However, because China's milk industry has experienced some scandals, and there's still some negative information about the milk industry in some areas, confidence is lacking in the domestic market, according to Han.

"There are reports about Chinese people rushing to purchase milk powder abroad. This is the shame of domestic dairy workers," Han said.

"We must lift ourselves up by improving the quality of Chinese milk, strengthening our brands and restoring people's confidence in domestic dairy products," said Han.

Han also said that raising farmers' incomes will still be a priority over the coming five years, even though grain prices are unlikely to rise.

Xie Zhenhua

China's senior climate change envoy and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee

China's carbon emissions did not peak in 2014 and are still increasing, the nation's senior climate change envoy Xie said at a press briefing at the ongoing two sessions in Beijing on Monday.

Xie said the government's pledge that emissions will peak "around 2030" is based on national conditions and is directly related to the country's stage of economic development.

In 2015, the world's carbon emissions did not increase and China was a major contributor to this situation, Xie said.

A study published on Monday by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics said China's emissions, the world's highest, may have peaked in 2014.

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