Beijing and neighbor cities have already joined hands in battling pollution, and expertssay the city's successful 2022 Winter Olympics bid will boost the efforts.
"The roadmap for intercity pollution control has been unveiled, and Beijing will offer the WinterOlympics athletes a better environment," said Song Qiang, an environmental expert in Beijing.
Song said Beijing's commitment to pollution control stems from public outcry and governmentresolve to improve the living environment, but "the Winter Olympics will come as a big force tofurther push environmental protection efforts."
"There will be more public and international scrutiny of Beijing, and the city will be obliged to fulfillits promise to host a clean Olympics," he added.
Since the beginning of this year, China's central government has pushed for the integration ofBeijing and neighboring cities to create a new economic belt and environment-friendly zone,incorporating the surrounding Hebei province, and Tianjin, a port city to the capital's southeast.
The Jing-Jin-Ji (Jing for Beijing, Jin for Tianjin, Ji, a traditional abbreviation for Hebei) IntegrationPlan includes everything from information sharing, exchange of officials, environmental protectionand economic development.
Experts say prior to the 2008 Olympics, Beijing moved polluting and high energy consumingplants to neighboring cities. However, pollutants have continued to drift in from neighboring cities,so the Chinese capital is now opting for a collective strategy to join hands with neighbors andspread its pollution control measures far beyond the city limits
"Beijing and its neighboring cities have much work to do if they want to achieve their goal of abetter living environment. The cities must step up work in pollution control, and it's important thatthey do this together," said Chen Tian, chief of Beijing's Environment Protection Bureau, in aninterview with Xinhua.