Bad environment makes China a hardship post

6 Jun

One of China’s biggest issues is a heavily polluted environment, that doesn’t just mean dirty, smoggy sir, but also polluted groundwater and soil. All of this means the toll on China is worsening and having a big impact on the economy, people’s health and livelihoods, and the nation’s reputation as a whole. For example, Beijing is now considered a hardship post by the Canadian government which means embassy staff get paid a “hardship bonus.” Companies like Panasonic have started to offer employees (those brought in from overseas, not locals) “hardship bonuses” as well. Tourist numbers have also dropped substantially in Beijing too.

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