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China Says It Will Spend $275 Billion on Pollution

26 July 2013

China will spend $275 billion to tackle air pollution over the next five years, a state newspaper reported Thursday. The amount is more than the total economic output of Hong Kong last year and underlines how the government is eager to bring about a visible improvement in China’s bad air, which has become a source of discontent among its
citizens and tarnished the country’s image abroad. The China Daily said the latest initiative aims to reduce emissions of pollutants in Beijing and surrounding areas by 25 percent by 2017 from 2012 levels.—AP