China’s Xi breathes Beijing smog on surprise outing


BEIJING: China’s President Xi Jinping paid a rare visit to one of Beijing’s smog-hit streets on Tuesday, drawing praise from Internet users for his latest apparent attempt to portray himself as close to ordinary citizens. A shaky video and pictures emerged of Xi walking outdoors—without a facemask—in Nanluoguxiang, a popular shopping and cafe district just south of Beijing’s ancient Drum Tower.


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