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Saturday, March 8, 2008

China to plant 2.5 billion trees

China will plant 2.5 billion trees this year, 10 percent more than last year, as part of reforestation efforts as the country battles increasing environmental problems, state media reported Tuesday.

The newly planted trees will lead to a 5.3-million-hectare (13.1-million-acre) expansion of China's forest area, the China Daily reported, citing the State Forestry Administration.

"China has become one of the countries which embrace fast growth of forest coverage," said Jia Zhibang, the administration's director. "It has made contributions to counter the negative effects of logging."

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