Thick grey smog pressed against Zhao Jian's windshield, blotting visibility to two metres as he drove through China's most polluted city.
A motorist wearing a face mask waits to cross a road in heavily polluted Beijing on February 28, 2013. China's Communist Party leaders, currently gathered in Beijing for the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, have promised action on pollution in response to growing public outrage.
"I don't remember ever seeing air pollution so bad," said Zhao of the weeks of recent haze that saw hazardous air hanging across swathes of the country.
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