"In 2008 the air quality data was considered a state secret. The government was in a denial stage for years until 2013 when those huge episodes happened, and then they started to say 'This is real now'. Because of [prioritising] economic interest over public health interest, the way they implement the existing air quality regulations is very inefficient. … [Read more...] about What is China doing to tackle its air pollution?
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As well as limits on construction and schools - which were advised to close if they did not have good air filtration systems - cars are only permitted to drive on alternate days, with the day depending on whether a car's number plate ends in an odd or even number. Officials promised additional public transport to cope with demand. … [Read more...] about China pollution: First ever red alert in effect in Beijing
The Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming criticised the Government's approach in a combative BBC interview on Sunday, denouncing Britain for 'dancing to the tune' of the US and accusing Western countries of trying to foment a 'new cold war' with China. … [Read more...] about China threatens to target UK firms including HSBC and Jaguar Land Rover with sanctions if the UK continues to ‘provoke’ Beijing after Dominic Raab suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
"The EU is likely facing a litmus test in global politics," Niels Annen, a Social Democrat deputy minister in the Foreign Ministry, told colleagues in the Bundestag, the lower house of German parliament. "It is therefore logical that China is playing an increasingly central role in our foreign policy." … [Read more...] about Germany debates China policy ahead of EU talks
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the devolved governments would enjoy a ‘power surge’ after Brexit, adding: ‘No longer will unelected EU bodies be spending our money on our behalf. These new spending powers will mean that these decisions will now be made in the UK, focus on UK priorities and be accountable to the UK Parliament and people of the UK.’ … [Read more...] about Westminster is set to take new powers to fund projects in Scotland and Wales despite claims of a ‘regional power grab’