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Beijing Enjoys the Bluest Skies in a Decade – Bloomberg

Pollution readings fall since last summer as gas replaces coal China’s clean air targets boost gas and steel rebar prices Beijing residents have been breathing some of the cleanest air in a decade as they begin to reap the benefits of China’s anti-smog push. Of the seven lowest monthly pollution …

Chinese public figures decry proposal to scrap term limits

BEIJING (AP) — A well-known political commentator and a prominent businesswoman in China have penned public letters urging lawmakers to reject a plan that would allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. The rare and public expressions of dissent have come through impassioned statements that began circulating widely on the …

Xi Jinping has chosen an unusual man to lead the capital city

Cai Qi is rocketed up the Communist Party’s ranks IN CHINESE slang, it used to be said that an official who was rising unusually fast up the bureaucratic ranks was “riding a helicopter”. Nowadays it is more common to say that such a person is enjoying a “rocket-style promotion”. Cai …

China ponders public morality after video of gruesome death

BEIJING (AP) — A speeding taxi knocks the pedestrian off her feet, sending her hurtling through the air. Dozens of people stand gawking or walk past, as if the young woman sprawled in the busy intersection simply doesn’t exist. A full minute passes, and another speeding vehicle, this time an …

Wasted green power tests China’s energy leadership

FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2015 file photo, solar panels are seen near the power grid in northwestern China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region. BEIJING (AP) — Its efforts to cut pollution have made China the world leader in renewable energy development, yet that green power has been wasted as …