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Most US firms in China say pollution impedes hiring: survey

MOST US firms in China have problems recruiting senior executives because of the country's chronic air pollution, a survey said Wednesday.

For the first time, a majority of respondents -- 53 percent -- to the American Chamber of Commerce survey said air quality issues had made it difficult for their organization to hire senior talent to work in the Asian economic giant.

The figure is up from 48 percent in 2014 and 34 percent in 2013.

The results were included in the 17th annual business climate survey by the AmCham China, which had responses from 477 of the organization's 1,012 company members.

China's cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and industry, as well as vehicle use.

Premier Li Keqiang vowed to "declare war" on pollution at the country's annual legislative gathering last year, and announced new measures to add to a raft of others issued recently.


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