China to ensure clean air for military parade

Beijing, Aug 17 (IANS) China on Monday unveiled temporary measures to guarantee clean air for the September 3 military parade commemorating the end of World War II.

At a meeting held on Monday to coordinate efforts for clean air in Beijing, Environment Minister Chen Jining said clean air was integral to the success of the parade, as it would showcase the good image of the national capital, reported Xinhua news agency.

Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shandong and Henan will implement temporary controls on industry, power plants and construction between August 28 and September 4, said Zhang Gong, vice mayor of Beijing.

Some coal-fired power plants will be shut down for maintenance, more than 10,000 factories will close or reduce production, and construction at nearly 9,000 sites will be halted.

Zhang, who is also the head of general office of a coordination team on tackling air pollution in Beijing and surrounding regions, said the efforts will help reduce emission of major air pollutants by 40 percent in Beijing and 30 percent in other regions.

China has scheduled a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of victory of the Chinese people’s war of resistance against Japanese aggression, culminating in a military parade on September 3 in Beijing.

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