US Says China Can Report Air Quality of American Cities Too

Chinese residents in Beijing wearing face masks due to the visible air pollution and poor air quality..

Chinese residents in Beijing wearing face masks due to the visible air pollution and poor air quality..

From NetEase:

United States: Not opposed to China also publicly reporting America’s air quality

After The Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China accused a foreign consulate’s publishing of Chinese air quality data as not conforming to regulations, the United States State Department responded by saying that the data published by the United States’ is simply to provide information for American citizens in China, not interfering with China’s internal affairs, and therefore will not stop publishing such data.

As a result of the “foreign embassy launching monitoring and public reporting of China PM 2.5 air quality data” matter, Assistant Minister Wu Xiaoqing of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection indicated, “Doing this is already not in line with the requirements of international conventions, nor does it conform with China’s requirements. According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, diplomatic personnel have a duty to respect the host country’s laws and regulations, and cannot interfere with the host country’s internal affairs.” In response, the State Department of the United States denied that the United States is interfering with China’s internal affairs and indicated that the air quality data it publishes for some cities in China is only providing a service for American citizens.

A Chinese woman wearing a face mask that looks like a panda in Beijing due to the polluted air.

Reporter: “You believe publishing weather reports is not interfering with China’s internal affairs?”

United States State Department Spokesperson Toner: “No, we don’t believe so.”

Reporter: You also don’t believe this violates the Vienna Convention?”

United States State Department Spokesperson Toner: “Of course not. This is a service provided for American citizens, the Americans who work in the Embassy community and live in China.”

Toner expressed that the United States will not stop publishing its monitoring data because of China’s criticisms. He also said if China were to also publish the air quality data of American cities, the United States would not object.

United States State Department Spokesperson Toner: “The United States has already started publishing [air quality] monitoring data in some American cities. We would not oppose (China publishing such data on American cities).”

It is reported that the United States Embassy has been publishing Beijing air quality data once every hour since 2008.

A Chinese person riding on a bike against the hazy smoggy polluted Beijing air background.

Comments from NetEase:

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lbg224522 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

This is treating people with respect, using reason to convince people.

红尘三千丈 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]:

What a resounding slap to the face, hehe.

奸择民 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Another form of mockery, what an embarrassment.

龙德云 [网易广东省汕头市网友]:

Sigh, someone publicizes your air quality and you start saying something about infringing upon sovereignty? Not only is China so pathetically weak over the Huangyan Island situation, now even America is telling you to publicize its air quality, what a garbage country.

社会能言度 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

Society is progressing, invariably concealing things is no longer feasible.

自由圣骑士 [网易北京市网友]:

Don’t you feel stupid now?! Sitting here waiting for the news conference to see how posture brother will mechanically respond!


Such a slap to the face!

美文化 [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

The right to know… Hope our country will go to America and publicize… Don’t let the Americans dupe their country’s people…

时代精神运动 [网易上海市嘉定区网友]:

National secret!

美文化 [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

Evil American Imperialism…

keykang [网易河北省廊坊市网友]:

As a developing nation, we do have problems/inadequacies in this and that, it would be strange if we didn’t. The only thing that matters is that we have the attitude and means to correct them.
The United States in the midst of industrializing also had this kind of unavoidable problem. Just because PM [monitoring and health awareness] had not yet been established then doesn’t mean America was clean.

网易辽宁省大连市网友: (responding to above)

Indeed, there was no problem when they were developing [industrializing] wildly as they pleased until the manufacturing industry was everywhere, but when you want to develop/industrialize, they keep complaining about global warming and how the air is being polluted again. Here they tacitly consent to Japan draining their nuclear leak into the ocean, and there they worry year after year about the global environment. Whether as a person or as a country, this kind of behavior is despicable.

网易江西省南昌市手机网友: (responding to above)

Wumao holding each other for warmth.

A日理万鸡 [网易广东省广州市网友]: (responding to above)

What [keykang & 网易辽宁省大连市网友] said was quite rational/reasonable! Ding!

网易辽宁省大连市网友: (responding to above)

NetEase has always been a website/media that unfairly labels people, so I don’t care what people call me. I simply wonder why a country that backed out of the Kyoto Protocol, a country that is number one in energy consumption year after year, feels it has the standing to monitor other people’s air quality. Moreover, some [Chinese] people have become slaves, used to being dogs prostrated on the floor, where they would find it awkward to if you were to let them stand up and be their own master. In the face of Western culture, people like this not only blindly worship it, they also unconsciously spiritually kneel down before it.

网易美国手机网友: (responding to above)

Hurry and go read Global Times.

网易浙江省杭州市网友: (responding to above)

There is no reason to excuse polluting the environment.


Slap slap slap.

What do you think?

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Poor visibility at Tiananmen Square in Beijing due to fog or smog (air pollution), as a Chinese man flies a kite.

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