Beijing's ability to draw business investment helped vault it into the top 10 of cities with the greatest global appeal, as Bangkok has tumbled 15 positions.
The Chinese capital landed at eighth of 84 municipalities ranked by Chicago-based consulting firm AT Kearney Inc., a jump from 14th two years ago and 12th in 2008. New York and London topped the list for the fourth straight time.
Beijing's standing rose even as record pollution emerged as a risk that may deter talent and investment. Exploiting its role as capital of the world’s second-biggest economy, the city passed Seoul and Singapore. The consultants cited growth in the number of international schools, broadband subscribers and museums in addition to increased international commerce.
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