Blue sky in Bei­jing af­ter a week of smog

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Bei­jing res­i­dents saw blue skies on Sun­day, as a cold front dis­persed smog that had been hov­er­ing over the cap­i­tal for the past week. Hav­ing been cooped up in­doors for a week, many peo­ple took to streets and parks for the first time this year.

Blue skies are fore­cast for the next few days.

Cai Qi, deputy Party chief and act­ing mayor of Bei­jing, has promised to take tougher mea­sures to im­prove the city's air qual­ity in 2017.

“Open-air bar­be­cues, garbage in­cin­er­a­tion, biomass burn­ing and road dust, for ex­am­ple, are acts of non­com­pli­ance with reg­u­la­tions, and the re­sult of lax su­per­vi­sion and weak law en­force­ment,” he said, adding that the city will launch an en­vi­ron­men­tal po­lice force to ad­dress the is­sues in its 16 dis­tricts.

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