중국  환경 당국은 중국 정부가 베이징의 환경오염 수준을 국제기준에 맞추기 위해 자료수집 기술을 조작하고 있다는 보도를 부인했습니다.

지난달 미국의 월스트리트 저널 신문은 중국 정부가 지난 2006년 대기 오염 측정 시스템을 바꿔 국제기준을 통과하도록 조작했다고 보도한 바 있습니다.

이에 대해 베이징 환경보호국의 두 샤오종 부국장은 베이징시의 발전에 따라 대기 오염 감시 체제를  조정하고 있을 뿐이라고 해명했습니다. 

Chinese environmental officials have denied reports of manipulating data collection techniques to allow pollution levels in Beijing to meet environmental standards.

A study in last month's Asian edition of the Wall Street Journal accused Beijing of changing its system for easuring pollution in 2006. The article said data levels from stations in two polluted areas were replaced by readings from three other stations in cleaner areas, allowing Beijing to meet its air quality goals in 2006
and 2007.

But Wednesday Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, said the monitoring system is still being "adjusted and increasing according to the development of the city."

He called reports that data stations were moved to less polluted areas "far from the truth," and claimed the air in Beijing in January and February was much improved from previous years.