February 19, 2016—Professor Alex Wang commented in a Vice article on how China's environment minister, Chen Jining, called for more governmental power to go after polluters and local government officials that impede compliance with environmental regulations.
Professor Wang said the environment minister's comments signaled that his ministry is aligned with the central government's goal of a green transformation. "The statement from the minister should be viewed as, 'We're team players, we're on board with what the leaders want,'" Wang said. "'We want to help do this, but we need more power to do it.'”