New sys­tem of pun­ish­ment

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - ZHENG JINRAN

China launched a new pun­ish­ment sys­tem­for pol­luters on Wed­nes­day, in a joint ef­fort by 31 gov­ern­ment de­part­ments that puts tight reins on those re­spon­si­ble for se­vere en­vi­ron­men­tal harm.

Com­pa­nies will face strict re­stric­tions, such as be­ing barred from is­su­ing bonds, re­ceiv­ing sub­si­dies or en­joy­ing tax re­bates, un­der the pol­icy signed by au­thor­i­ties in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, eco­nomic plan­ning and bank­ing.

It added that in­di­vid­ual peo­ple re­spon­si­ble would also face pun­ish­ments, such as be­ing barred from air­line travel or buy­ing lux­u­ries.

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