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January 17, 2014 12:24 PM

Letter from Beijing: Pollution turns out to be great leveler in China’s capital

Even before the sun started to rise Thursday over this megalopolis of 21 million people, I could sense it would be a miserable lung day. The apartment where my wife and I were staying seemed smoky – even though we don’t smoke. Out the window, the lights from nearby skyscrapers were enveloped in a gray cloud.

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