Chinese Press: It's Fog, not Smog
The Chinese government's vast media operations have been in overdrive in recent weeks in anticipation of Friday's Opening Ceremony. While the foreign media has raised questions about what the skyrocketing air pollution index means for athletes' health and the competition, the Chinese media is quoting experts that say there is nothing to worry about.
Du Shaozhong, a spokesman for the Beijing Environmental Bureau, has repeatedly said that he does not believe visitors to the capital, including the athletes, need masks. He has said humid weather is to blame for the seemingly dirty air in Beijing. On Monday, Du reassured everyone that the Beijing government "will strongly guarantee the air quality during the Olympics."
U.S. cyclists, however, were so concerned that they arrived this week at Beijing's airport wearing masks. The athletes apologized to Olympic organizers in a statement issued this morning in China saying that wearing the masks "in no way meant to serve as an environmental or political statement."
Listen to this audio report to learn more about how the Chinese media is covering this issue and how that compares to what the foreign press is saying.
--Ariana Eunjung Cha
August 6, 2008; 7:10 PM ET
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