Chinese premier Li Keqiang’s promise that the country would “make our skies blue again” is proving difficult to fulfill. December 2017 saw deadlines for a clean-air program aimed at converting three million households off coal heating – but planning failures and politicking brought chaos instead. Caixin Media’s Huang Kaixi, Zhou Chen, Zhou Tailai, Li Rongde and Wu Xiao report on the plight of the Chinese people who are paying the price of cleaner air with chattering teeth. getAbstract recommends this article to readers with an interest in China’s complex environmental, economic and public health challenges.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why many people in Northern China lack heating for the winter of 2017,
- How Chinese authorities botched an ambitious clean-air program, and
- Why Northern China is facing shortages of natural gas, plumbers and welders.
About the Authors
Huang Kaixi, Zhou Chen, Zhou Tailai, Li Rongde and Wu Xiao write for Beijing-based Caixin Media.