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Security tightened, schools closed and air cleaned in Beijing for APEC summit

An aerial view of Beijing.
Aerial view of Beijing. Image by ahenobarbus / CC BY 2.0

The streets of Beijing have been tidied, cars have been banned from the roads and factories and schools shut down in an effort to give Beijing a clean facelift for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. The forum brings world leaders, including Obama and Putin, and media to Beijing from 5-11 November to discuss free trade and economic policy. Travellers may face delays or closures due to increased security measures around the city. Read more: ap.org