The silver lining in China’s smog

Reining in China’s overheated steel industry has proven an impossible task for Beijing, but now the country’s pollution problem could provide a solution.

One of the hottest topics on Chinese social media recently has been air pollution. Millions of users have posted photos of cities shrouded in a yellow haze and school children in Shanghai have been told to stay indoors.

Beijing’s propaganda machine has been desperate to put a positive spin on the smog. The nationalist tabloid Global Times has even claimed that the thick smog, which reduces visibility to a few metres, is conducive to missile defence!

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