In China, smog has gotten so bad that online face mask retailers are running out of stock. Choking smog in the capital Beijing has people rushing to protect themselves. The city has been shrouded in smog for days.
Chinese lawmakers have passed a landmark constitutional amendment that removes presidential term limits. The move paves the way for President Xi Jinping to become president for life.
The president closed the two-week National People's Congress with the promise of a new era of military might. Xi said that any nation interfering in China's territorial integrity would face "the punishment of history."
The appointments will impact China's economic reform efforts and its drive to modernize its armed forces. The National People's Congress also confirmed appointments to the posts of finance, commerce and foreign minister.
Yi Gang takes over the reins of the People's Bank of China (PBoC) at a time when it is rapidly gaining global influence. But his key challenge would be domestic: tackling ballooning debt and ensuring financial stability.
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