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Beijing’s Skies Will Be Clear For August

Lee Kuan Yew forecasts Beijing’s skies will be clear for August – SCMP

Beijing will curb pollution in time for the Olympics, based on past efforts to clear the air for landmark events, Singaporean Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said. Recalling a parade celebrating the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing in 1999, Mr Lee said he had been surprised at the clearness of the sky – a consequence of city officials shutting factories for two weeks.

As well as closing factories for the Olympic Games from August 8 to 24, the city will halt construction and take about half its cars off the roads. “I have no doubt it will meet world standards,” Mr Lee said, referring to air quality, in a Bloomberg Television interview. Bloomberg

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