China to extend pollution clampdown, but warns coronavirus makes targets tougher

China said on Friday it will continue to strengthen anti-pollution controls and meet its environmental targets for 2020, but warned that the coronavirus pandemic would weigh on energy intensity goals.

"By maintaining the same direction and intensity of effort, we will address problem at the source, (and) bring about sustained improvement in the environment," the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a statement.