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China smog benefits: 'Air pollution' good for Chinese people says state media

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Two prominent news outlets in China suggest smog actually benefits the country and residents. Tuesday, the Global Times and CCTV came under fire for commentary that suggests the rising air pollution crisis in the communist country actually provides benefits and advantages to the Chinese people, according to a Dec. 10 Reuters news report.

China's smog problem may not actually be doom and gloom suggests the tabloid and state media broadcaster. And while this sounds like a politically incorrect joke; this is the type of propaganda that hit the news and airwaves this week.

The Global Times began this Tomfoolery campaign by suggesting that increased smog levels in China could actually serve as a defense to incoming guided missiles aimed at its country.

Next, CCTV chimed in and provided a list of "unforeseen rewards" or benefits of smog in China:

1. It makes China more equal.

2. It unifies the Chinese people.

3. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word haze).

4. It makes people funnier.

5. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China's economic development.

A writer with Beijing Business Today didn't get the pun with catchy phrases and spin on China's smog benefits

Is the smog supposed to lift if we laugh about it? Smog affects out breathing. We hope it does not affect our thinking," read the excerpt.

In fact, an outdoor fashion show in over the weekend was held in China, despite thick plumes of air pollution outside. Nonetheless, Chinese models were told to don masks in the thickening smog. Imagine that?

Critics say the Chinese government is so enamored by the quest to upstage the economic prowess by the United States, that it has more of an eye on GDP instead of controlling air quality and pollutants.

Although the commentaries were quickly removed from the websites, the backlash had developed full steam. Hopefully, not many were duped into believing in China, smog benefits its people and economy in some peculiar manner.


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