In China, It's Not Easy Being Green

Beijing wants the nation's new light vehicles to meet strict clean-air standards. Enforcement? That's another matter

Thirty business executives and government officials gathered recently at a posh Shanghai hotel. The topic: China's ambitious new rules aimed at reducing pollution from auto emissions. As of April 1, 2001, government officials informed reps from 3M, Johnson Matthey, ArvinMeritor, and others, that the Middle Kingdom was mandating catalytic converters on all new cars, trucks, and buses under 3.5 tons.

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