Smog measures ‘must not destroy Beijing life’

Efforts to clear the air in the Chinese capital before the Olympics must not be too disruptive to the city's economy or the lives of its people, Reuters reported Beijing's vice mayor as saying on Wednesday.

Many athletes and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have expressed concern over Beijing’s notorious air pollution.

"We should guarantee the air quality for the Olympics," vice mayor Liu Jingmin was quoted as saying, "but we should also guarantee the orderliness of industry and people’s lives."

Liu also denied reports that car use restrictions would start as early as May. "The plan is undergoing study and will only be enforced close to the Games," Liu said.

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