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Beijing to use odd-even tail number traffic ban for August 2015Beijing will ban half of all cars from the road from Aug 20 to Sept 3 to ease traffic during the IAAF World athletics championships 2015 and the World War II victory parade.

Cars will be allowed on alternating days based on odd or even license plate numbers during the period, the municipal government said. The same ban was used last year during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Beijing, and created APEC Blue.

The car ban is expected not only to give Beijing a more free flow of traffic, but also improve the air quality.

Eighty percent of official business cars will also be off the road, said Rong Jun, spokesperson for Beijing's commission of transport.

Factories will be closed during the period to ensure clean air for both of the events, said Yu Jianhua, chief engineer of Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau.

According China's state own media, China and Canada just reached an agreement on granting visas to each other's citizens, with the validity period of up to 10 years, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Sunday.

Wang made the remarks at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.

The new visa policy will take effect on Monday, he said.

Wang also told the press that last year China signed visa exemption or facilitation agreements with 24 countries, equal to the total number in the past four years. Chinese passport holders now can travel to more than 50 countries and territories without visas or by obtaining visas upon arrival.

It is more convenient now for people with Chinese passports to travel overseas whenever they wish, he said, hoping their trips easier and safer.

China and US had the similiar agreement before, you can take a look at what's 10-year Chinese M visa looks like.

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