China vows to ‘make sky blue again’ as it drops target for economic growth

China vows to 'make sky blue again' as it drops target for economic growth

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to make the country's smoggy skies blue again and "work faster" to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for heat and electricity.  His words to delegates at the opening of the annual National People's Congress highlight how public discontent has made reducing smog, the most visible of China's environment problems, a priority for the leadership. The 10-day event got underway under a sunny blue sky, thanks to heavy gusts from the north that cleared away the unhealthy grey from the day before. 

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