High levels of pollution are forcing mainland China to act. Today, schools are keeping children inside and factories and construction sites were told to reduce work as the Chinese capital Beijing was blanketed in thick, choking smog.
Despite the threat of a trade war with the US, China's economic growth has exceeded expectations, allowing an opportunity to address certain problems, says DW's Frank Sieren.
Relations between Beijing and Canberra have been put under pressure with Australia's introduction of an anti-foreign interference bill and reports of a Chinese military base being planned in Vanuatu.
China's economic expansion has held steady in the first months of the year amid a worsening trade dispute with the United States. Growth was primarily driven by strong e-commerce and factory output.
China unveiled plans Wednesday (April 18) to permit visa-free travel to its southern island of Hainan, as Beijing pushes international tourism to the tropical destination in another step to open up the region.
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