China vows fresh smog crackdown as toxic air shrouds capital

China vows fresh smog crackdown as toxic air shrouds capitalChina’s smoggiest cities have pledged to ramp up the battle on pollution after air quality deteriorated in the first few months of this year, the China Daily reported on Monday, as smog blanketed the capital, Beijing, and the surrounding region. Top officials from seven districts in Beijing, Tianjin and cities in Hebei and Shanxi provinces were scolded at the weekend by the environmental watchdog for lax control of pollution this year, the paper said. The officials promised to submit plans to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) to resolve the problem within 20 days, it said.



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