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Beijing air pollution

How they see it: China's smog

The problem of China's choking smog

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 2:32pm

1.China Daily 

We should not forget our long-term role in improving the air quality and protecting the fragile environment. Vice-Premier Li Keqiang remarked last Tuesday that China's air pollution treatment would be a long process that needed everyone's participation. As the first top Party official to address air pollution after the horrible hazy weather across China, Li said the country should change its mode of economic growth. Vowing to strengthen the enforcement of environmental protection laws, he also called on people to raise their awareness [and] refrain from depletive consumption. … Individuals … should try to cultivate stronger environmental awareness and choose green transport. (Beijing)

 

2. The Washington Post

Add air pollution to the list of challenges that China's new leadership must address to satisfy its increasingly restless citizenry. Over the weekend, Beijing and more than 30 other cities were enveloped by a thick haze. [Levels of] hazardous particles spiked to unprecedented levels - and so did complaints on the country's social media. The government's principal propaganda organs essentially surrendered to public sentiment, breaking their silence and … calling the pollution "choking, dirty and poisonous." … China's outgoing cohort of leaders, led by Hu Jintao , responded to the discontent by trying to suppress it. But it's becoming clear that that strategy will not work for their successors. (Washington)

 

3. Global Times

Faced with muddy skies, people have been asking, "What's wrong with China?" and "What can we do?" Although measures against pollution have had some effect, the seriousness of this problem has not been alleviated. The general reason is that industrialisation and construction are ongoing. China is still the biggest construction site in the world [and] is a veritable global factory. … It is the most difficult challenge in China because the people demand both development and a clean environment. … These two needs are pitted against each other. As long as the government changes its previous method of covering up the problems and instead publishes the hard facts, society will know who should be blamed. (Beijing)

 
 
 

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