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Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog

Published on Jul 25, 2014 8:52 PM
 
Vehicles drive through the Guomao Bridge on a heavy haze day in Beijing's central business district on Jan 29, 2013. China's overgrown and smog-hit capital has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday, July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday.

In a list of restrictions published on its website (www.beijing.gov.cn), the municipal government said it would ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction materials, papermaking, chemicals and oil refining.

It said in an accompanying statement that the list had been drawn up to serve the capital's plans to restructure its economy and promote integrated development with the neighbouring regions of Hebei and Tianjin.

Beijing has been under heavy pressure to end its obsession with industrial growth, which has not only left the city choking with smog, but also deprived poverty-stricken surrounding regions of the opportunity to improve their economies. "Constantly-developing Beijing is now facing a series of problems, including overpopulation, congestion, water shortages and air pollution - these deep-rooted problems are related to the fact that the city has too many functions, and its economy is too big," the statement said.

 
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