Only nine Chinese cities reach air quality standards

Only nine of 161 Chinese cities reached the new -- and stricter -- air quality monitoring standards in the first half of this year, according to the ministry of environmental protection (MEP).

Several Chinese cities reel under smog

Smog continued to blanket China`s north and central regions for the third day today, prompting the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) to issue a yellow alert for air pollution.