Environmental authorities in Beijing say air quality has improved since the city issued its first two red smog alerts. But are such measures really tackling the country's notorious pollution?
Audrey Jiajia Li was a prominent TV journalist in China, but she quit before getting fired for complying with the official line. Now seeks freedom of speech on social media - but still lives with fear.
Clever entrepreneurs are now bottling and selling clean air to offset smog in big cities, as a souvenir, or to hospitals. Many have been astounded by their own success.
A five-day smog red alert has been declared across several cities in northern China, including the capital, Beijing. Authorities ordered factories to shut or cut output to stem hazardous air particle levels.
Chinese authorities have ordered local meteorological bureaus to cease issuing smog alerts. The move has increased fears that that the government is trying to suppress information on the country's air pollution.
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