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Beijing Fears Relapse in Anti-Smog Battle

Severe smog blankets Beijing on April 2. Photo: VCG
Severe smog blankets Beijing on April 2. Photo: VCG

Air quality in part of northern China — famous for its smog — deteriorated significantly in March, promoting policymakers to worry that China’s war on pollution might have reached a “strategic stalemate.”  

The area that includes Beijing, Tianjin and the northern province of Hebei recorded only 16 healthy “blue-sky” days in March, a sharp decline from the 21 such days in the same month a year ago, statistics from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment showed.

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