Later this year, Shanghai will be closing down 225 of its industrial facilities in order to cut pollution before the arrival of world leaders for the G20 summit in neighboring Hangzhou.
According to Reuters, who were given access to a document issued by the Shanghai Environment Protection Bureau, the closures will take place between August 24 and September 6.
Officials in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces will be issuing similar orders to cut air pollution within a 300 km radius of Hangzhou, ensuring that those visiting will be treated to nothing but blue skies and fresh air.
The measures are reminiscent of those enacted by Beijing in 2014 ahead of a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. The uncharacteristically clear sky during the event was referred to netizens as “APEC Blue,” a term which for a while was used to jokingly describe something wonderful but fleeting.
The G20 summit, which will be hosted during the first week of September, is China’s biggest diplomatic event of the year.
“Longer-term China needs to work out a market-based approach to tackle pollution rather than an ad-hoc order. Apart from social responsibilities, business has its profit and loss to take care,” said Jing Chunmei, a researcher with China Center for International Economic Exchanges.