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A Filthy Society

Supporters of Chinese capitalism often boast of the development of industry in that country but they seldom speak of the awful environmental cost of such development. 'In January and February 2013 air pollution levels in the capital Beijing and a number of other cities rose to what are believed to have been record levels. Dubbed the "airpocalypse". Beijing was shrouded in a thick cloud of smog. On more than one occasion the US embassy in the city, which monitors air quality and publishes the results on a Twitter feed, described the levels as "beyond index"." (Guardian, 18 June) In their drive for more production and more profits the Chinese capitalists care little for the health and well-being of their workers. RD


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