Chen Jining is new Minister of Environmental Protection


Chen Jining has been appointed as the new Minister of Environmental Protection.

Chen has a BSc in Environmental Engineering (1986) from the Tsinghua University, Beijing and a PhD in Environmental Systems Analysis (1993) from Imperial College, London. He was appointed President of Beijing’s Tsinghua University in 2007. The university’s official biography of Professor Chen is as follows:

“Dr. Chen Jining is executive vice president and professor of Tsinghua University. He is a member of National Environmental Advisory Commission, deputy chairman of Science and Technology Committee of MEP, Vice President of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, board member of Chinese Environmental Foundation as well as a number of other scientific committees, professional associations and advisory councils related to water and environment. He is or had been member of several environmental journal editorial boards. His research interests include environmental systems analysis and integrated assessment, with focus on uncertainty analysis, applied to environmental engineering, planning and management as well as policies. He has published over 200 papers and has been an author or co-editor to a number of books. He is an owner to over a dozen of registered environmental software and patents, and has won several scientific prizes for his distinguished work.”

The Xinhua News Agency reported the news as follows:

“China appoints new environmental protection minister

BEIJING, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) — Chen Jining was appointed as China’s environmental protection minister on Friday, replacing Zhou Shengxian.

Chen is an environmental scientist and once president of Tsinghua University before replacing Zhou Shengxian as CPC ministerial secretary in late January.

Chen also resigned as a member of the NPC Standing Committee. Members of the committee cannot hold administrative, judicial or procutoratorial office.

His resignation was accepted by the NPC Standing Committee.”

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