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China Daily is reporting that the State Council, the country's official state cabinet, recently asked government departments to more quickly address the application process of an automotive energy-efficiency labeling system. It was just last year that the Regulation on Energy-Efficiency Labeling Administration was jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National General Administration of Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

If any car salesmen out there are wondering where in the world it might be easiest to sell a lot of low-emission vehicles right this second, let me be the first to say China. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) told the China Daily that in the first four months of 2006, 1.72 million vehicles were sold in China, and over 600,000 of those were low-emission vehicles.  A spokesperson for the CAAM said the increased sales were, "due to soaring oil prices, the government's re