The Chinese government is reportedly ready to force manufacturers to stop using chemical chemicals to manufacture products and end a crackdown on pollution.
The move is expected to be announced on Wednesday, as Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his second trip to Europe.
It comes amid fears the country’s chemical industry is set to suffer a major blow.
“China’s chemical and chemical industry has faced a lot of difficulties in recent years.
This includes the global chemical crisis, as well as the current global economic slowdown,” China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a statement.
“However, there are no other alternatives to the use of chemical products for manufacturing.”
Chinese chemical companies have been under pressure from the government for several years, and in recent weeks the Chinese government has made major announcements on efforts to crack down on the industry.
Earlier this month, Beijing announced it was halting imports of some chemical products, including the key ingredient in the popular perfume Chanel No. 4.
It also ordered that all new Chinese chemical products produced in China should be labelled with a warning on their packaging that says the chemicals are dangerous.
China’s government is also working on a ban on the use and production of the popular cosmetics and perfume Benetint.
But China’s government also recently announced plans to limit exports of some chemicals to the United States.
The latest move comes after the Chinese Communist Party last year banned the use, production and sale of certain chemicals, including arsenic, cyanide, chlorofluorocarbons and lead.
The U.S. State Department has also criticized China for its chemical crackdown, calling it “a grave affront to international environmental standards and to the international rule of law.”
“The Chinese government continues to restrict freedom of the press and other independent activities, and its use of its vast economic and political muscle to maintain control of its own people and to control the political, social, economic and cultural life of its citizens,” the department said in its report on China in 2016.