Cranes operate at a construction site in China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

It’s often breathtaking to see the range of tools the Chinese government has to steer its economy in the direction in which it wants it to go.Take inf(...)

A man wears a mask on Tiananmen Square in thick haze in Beijing in January this year. Worsening air pollution has been cited as one of the reasons for declining tourist numbers. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

Pollution is becoming a political issue in China, and the government is making a lot of noises about getting serious about resolving smog and water po(...)