Pollution Angers Chinese Media

    Pedestrians wearing masks wait to cross a road during severe pollution in Beijing on January 12, 2013. Air quality data released via the US embassy twitter feed recorded air quality index levels so hazardous that they were classed as 'Beyond Index'. By 4pm the particle matter (PM) 2.5 figure was 728 on a scale that stops at 500 at which point the US embassy website advises against all outdoor activity. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Chinese media heaped criticism on the government after pollution in Beijing hit record levels on Saturday and dense smog hovered in 30 other cities in northern and eastern China. Officials blamed the extreme pollution on a lack of wind and cold weather, but an editorial in the state-run China Daily said that there was no reason “for us to not reflect on what we’ve contributed to the smoggy days.” People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, called the smog a “suffocating siege.” The tabloid Global Times called China the “biggest construction site in the world” and called on the government to “publish truthful environmental data to the public.”

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