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Bureaucracy can be as toxic 
as the air that we breathe

By Shi Feng

On January 29, the government of China issued a warning to residents in Beijing that harmful particulates in the air had reached a dangerous level and advised people to remain indoors.

Pollution in cities across the country has been making headlines for weeks—as have studies of the deterioration of air quality because of industrial pollution, which has pushed the number of severe warning days in the Chinese capital up between 30 and 50 per cent.