Chinese mock official for blaming cooking fumes for pollution
BEIJING (REUTERS) - A Chinese official's remarks that cooking fumes must share the blame for Beijing's choking pollution drew ridicule from many microbloggers, who mocked the government for not addressing the root causes of smog that can blanket the city for days on end.
The government has announced a series of plans over the years to tackle pollution in its cities that has been blamed for a series of health crises, generating widespread public anger, but none has worked.
The head of Beijing's Foreign Affairs office, Mr Zhao Huimin, stunned Internet users when he said "Chinese people's cooking actually makes no small contribution to PM2.5", referring to the tiny particulate matter that is most hazardous to health.
"I hope residents can do more to cooperate with government efforts to clean the air," Mr Zhao said at a press conference, according to a video report from CCTV, China's state broadcaster.