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Beijing and surrounding regions blighted by smog yet again


Airliners at Beijing Capital International Airport yesterday morning. Several flights were delayed by the poor visibility. Photo: Xinhua

Airliners at Beijing Capital International Airport yesterday morning. Several flights were delayed by the poor visibility. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing is once again enveloped by smog. Traffic and flights in Beijing were disrupted Sunday because of smog that shrouded the city and some other provinces in China, officials said.

SCMP reports: “Travel chaos at end of holiday after visibility drops below 500 metres, and new study puts the blame on nature and human activities.

“Thick smog that blanketed Beijing and surrounding regions for a record 21 days last month returned yesterday, causing travel chaos as many businesses reopened and people returned after the Lunar New Year holiday.

“Highways were forced to temporarily close and airline traffic was disrupted as visibility near BeijingInternationalAirport fell, delaying some early morning flights, Xinhua reported.

“At 7.45am, the Beijing Meteorological Bureau issued a ‘yellow’ fog alert, indicating that visibility in eastern and southern parts of the city would be less than 500 metres in the next three hours, and authorities urged residents to take necessary precautions.

“The yellow warning was lifted at 11am, and the smog levels had fallen sharply by last night.”

The air quality index reached 500, or extreme pollution, in five monitoring sites at 8 a.m. in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province.

Citizens wait to cross the road at an intersection in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei Province on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Citizens wait to cross the road at an intersection in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei Province on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Source: SCMP – Flights cancelled as Beijing is blighted by smog yet again
 
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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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