Are China's Leaders Taking Smog Seriously?
The Chicago Council's Dali L. Yang explains how Chinese leaders are looking to the U.S. as a model in the fight against pollution.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | March 2, 2016
"A few years ago really, even as late as 2008, most Chinese did not consider the air quality to be a serious issue — even though it already was a serious issue," Dali L. Yang, a nonresident senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, said.
Air pollution in China kills an estimated 1.6 million people every year.
"The air quality in China has improved. Most people don’t realize it, but in fact there has been concerted action in the last three years," Yang said.