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China must address the air pollution issue

Regarding China’s air quality problem, air pollution is no longer just a national concern. It has become transnational; neighboring Koreas suffer from China’s air problem, too.

In particular, the usual yellow dust originating from China, now mingled with the new toxic air, stays longer in the Korean air space, threatening Korean citizens’ health.

With less rainfall and humidity, citizens experience unbearable difficulties in breathing. In addition, they remain exposed to the risk of lung cancer. Global warming invites the concerted effort of many people, but China’s air problem largely necessitates action from the Chinese government. Laws and regulations capping the absolute amount of CO2 and similar toxic emissions will undoubtedly deliver a clearer sky.

For the sake of innocent citizens in both China and Korea, the Chinese government must address the urgent issue.

By Choi Si-young, Editing adviser of Yonsei European Studies at Yonsei University

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