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China Steel Hub Cuts Output as Beijing’s Air Worsens Ahead of Olympics

  • Particulate levels in the capital rose sharply over past week
  • Steel ingredient iron ore falls almost 4% on lower demand
Visitors take photos of the Shougang Big Air venue ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Visitors take photos of the Shougang Big Air venue ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images 

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Authorities in China’s top steel-making hub of Tangshan are ordering more output curbs as air quality deteriorates in Beijing -- less than 200 kilometers away - ahead of the Winter Olympics that start next week.

Levels of the most dangerous type of air particulate in the Chinese capital have surged over the past week, and are now at the highest level since early November, according to readings from the U.S. embassy. Authorities want to ensure blue skies to showcase the winter games, which run in and around Beijing from Feb. 4 to 20.