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Chinese man seeks smog-based divorce

Reuters

A Beijing man is seeking to divorce his wife after she took their son to a tropical province to escape the capital’s notorious smog, saying the long-distance relationship had destroyed their marriage.

The man, identified only by his family name, Wang, married his wife in 2008 and had a son two years later, the Beijing Times reported, in a story widely picked up Thursday by Chinese media outlets.

Their son developed serious health problems because of Beijing’s air pollution and the wife took their son to the southern resort island of Hainan to escape the toxic haze. However, Wang’s wife did not like Hainan and nor did she like living apart from him, causing frequent meltdowns, the report said.

Wang has filed for divorce in a Beijing court. “Smog ‘buried’ my son’s health, and it has ‘buried’ my marriage,” he was quoted as saying by the Times. The case is pending.