China's State Council has released a three-year action plan to improve air quality. The plan expects that by 2020 emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides will decline at least 15 percent from 2015 levels, while cities with low air quality standards should see their PM 2.5 density fall at least 18 percent. The Ministry of Transport has issued a notice requiring all vessels which will be imported in China for domestic trade as of 1st September 2018 will have to comply with the emission limit requirements specified in Annex VI of the Pollution Prevention Convention of MARPOL 73/78. Vessels will need to meet Tier II emission standards and the age limitation criteria of max 18 years old wont apply any more and it valid for 5 years.
China also recently announced a three-year action plan to improve its transport network and services. By 2020, China will have 30,000 kilometers of high-speed railway, covering 80 percent of Chinese cities with a population of over 1 million, according to the plan which lists 76 targets. The country also aims to add some 180 new deep-water berths at its seaports for 10,000-tonne vessels and above.