Li Ganjie, minister of ecology and environment, told a

 conference in March that a new round of central environmental inspectio

ns would be rolled out across the country in the next three years, starting this year, after the ap

proach proved successful in addressing environmental violations.

He said the new round will also cover central government bod

ies and State-owned enterprises, and inspectors will spend ano

ther year revisiting all areas to see whether or not the violations they found have been rectified.

The number of intellectual property rights cases handled by Chinese courts increased signif

icantly in 2018, showing that the country is increasingly aware of its importance in pursuing high-quality ec

onomic development, the Supreme People’s Court said on Monday in a white paper.

Courts at all levels accepted a total of 334,951 IPR cases in 2018, up

by 41.2 percent from the previous year, according to the court, which released the wh

ite paper – Intellectual Property Protection by Chinese Courts in 2018 – in Hefei, Anhui province.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, together with Beijing and Shanghai, rema

in the top contributors of cases, with the number of first-instance civil cases accepted by local courts rea

ching a combined 185,337 and covering 65.4 percent of the national total for IPR.

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