China Has a Lot Riding on Its Olympic Showcase

Workers assemble the Olympic Rings onto a tower, Beijing, China, Jan. 5, 2022 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
Workers assemble the Olympic Rings onto a tower, Beijing, China, Jan. 5, 2022 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

Beijing is in a frenzy to conclude its final preparations for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics, as the countdown begins toward the Games scheduled to begin Feb. 4. With fewer than 10 days to go until the opening ceremony in Beijing, operations in steel mills and high-emission businesses across the capital, as well as in the neighboring province of Hebei, have been brought to a halt, in order to clear smog from the atmosphere and deliver clear blue skies for the gala affair. As the first host to rely completely on artificial snow for the Games, China has deployed machines to pump out […]

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