"The vision and principle of eco-civilization should be fully integrated into the whole process of urbanization, and we should take a new urbanization path which is intensive, smart, green and low-carbon," the UNDP quotes Chinese Academy of Social Sciences President Wang Weiguang saying at an event to announce its report.
I'm not sure quite where this statement leads, but smart and green should be keywords. Establishing a post-2013 toilet for a nation where poorer people still depend largely on outhouses and busted flushing devices wouldn't be dumb. If the porcelain god can save water in a largely arid nation, then it would fit the 2013 definition of green.
WCs make sense as a starting point because Chinese officials have worked on modernizing them since 2005 when Shanghai hosted the World Toilet Expo. Moving to ease stench and sometimes embarrassingly obvious sanitation problems as high-end foreign visitors throng inward along with migrants, city governments such as Shanghai and Beijing have overhauled public restrooms. Anti-bacterial tiles, water-saving urinals and diaper-changing tables were among the priorities of 2005, the official newspaper China Daily said that year.
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