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Beijing Olympics: The air up there

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

10 January 2008 15:27

As Allan Gyngell said on this blog in November, the Chinese are obsessed with their air quality. But according to today's NY Times, Chinese authorities have been fudging the numbers, claiming greater smog reductions than they're actually achieving.

For good anecdotal coverage of Beijing Olympics smog problem, I recommend James Fallows' blog. Fallows is a senior reporter with The Atlantic Monthly who lives in Beijing. Check out this post for a truly astonishing NASA image of the smog blanketing swathes of China, and this one for the political dimensions of the smog issue. In the latter post, Fallows uncovers some Chinese sensitivity to Western coverage of the smog issue, with his correspondent reading it like a plot to belittle China. If that's a widely shared Chinese view, then wait until the Western media shows up in strength for the Games in August. Things could get ugly.