A man in Tiananmen Square holds his mobile phone while shrouded in smog, before the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People on a polluted day in Beijing, China on March 10, 2021. Photo: Reuters A man in Tiananmen Square holds his mobile phone while shrouded in smog, before the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People on a polluted day in Beijing, China on March 10, 2021. Photo: Reuters
A man in Tiananmen Square holds his mobile phone while shrouded in smog, before the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People on a polluted day in Beijing, China on March 10, 2021. Photo: Reuters

Beijing chokes on smog as China tries to balance industrial recovery and greener growth

  • Poor air quality is linked to heavy industries kicking into action to boost China’s economic recovery from the pandemic
  • Beijing has set ambitious green targets in its 14th five-year plan but they are in contrast to continued investment in fossil fuels, say environmentalists

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A man in Tiananmen Square holds his mobile phone while shrouded in smog, before the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People on a polluted day in Beijing, China on March 10, 2021. Photo: Reuters A man in Tiananmen Square holds his mobile phone while shrouded in smog, before the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People on a polluted day in Beijing, China on March 10, 2021. Photo: Reuters
A man in Tiananmen Square holds his mobile phone while shrouded in smog, before the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People on a polluted day in Beijing, China on March 10, 2021. Photo: Reuters
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