Beijing struggles to become a global, livable city

April 9, 2015 3:34 PM

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BEIJING — Strict visa rules, choking air pollution, slow Internet and blocked websites are major impediments as this capital strives to reach a lofty global status in the next five years, a major international business group warned Thursday.

Craving the prestige of New York and London, the Chinese government is following a master plan to elevate Beijing's prestige by 2020, just two years before the capital's likely hosting of the Winter Olympics, which would make the city the first to host both the summer and winter games.

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