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Beijing has been covered by thick smog during the Communist Party National Congress. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

China sees long battle ahead for blue skies, clean water

Challenges persist while policymakers emphasize progress

KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Asian Review business and market news editor | China

BEIJING -- Two high-ranking Chinese officials boasted to the media Monday of the country's progress toward cleaner air and water after years of efforts, but they did not shy away from acknowledging that serious challenges remain.

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