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     Feb 14, '14


China quashes reports of 'unlivable' Beijing
By Radio Free Asia

China's Internet censors on Thursday deleted online references to an official pollution report which described the capital city as nearly unfit for human habitation, while state media tried to limit


the damage to Beijing's international image.

The English-language tabloid Global Times newspaper, which has close ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party, quoted one of the report's authors as saying that the media had "exaggerated" its findings.

The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences report, released this week, ranked Beijing second to last in an index of 40 world cities. "The pollution index nears extreme levels, and is near a level that is no longer livable for human beings," the report concluded.

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