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The “Chinese Dream” has become the most discussed topic today in China. The people of China have their own dreams and observe cautiously all the hype around this slogan, waiting for good reasons to believe in what they are promised. Thirty years of reforms have brought tremendous changes to China and to Chinese citizens, in urban areas as well as in the rural ones. During these three decades, Chinese people accepted a lot of sacrifices to put the country on the road to prosperity, hoping that their children and grand-children will have a better situation than they had. But this progress had to come to the expense of some specific sectors, particularly health and environment. Degradation of air and water has become for Chinese people a reality, not a science-fiction threat anymore. Damages caused to the environment during three decades have seriously affected all parts of the natural life in the country.

Lionel Vairon, PhD is the Author of the “China Threat? The Challenges, Myths and Realities of China’s Rise” and former diplomat to Cambodia, Thailand, Iraq. He has a PhD in Far Eastern Studies and Masters in Chinese language and culture and in Political Science and is well versed on China related current events, including areas of politics, security, corruption, human rights, media and more.