Chinese man seeks divorce as smog drives family apart

BEIJING (TIP): A Beijing man is seeking to divorce his wife after she took their son to a tropical island province to escape the capital’s notorious smog, saying the long-distance relationship had destroyed their marriage, state media said on May 1.

The man, identified only by his family name of Wang, married his wife in 2008 and had a son two years later, the Beijing Times reported. But their son developed serious health problems because of Beijing’s air pollution and his wife took the son to the southern resort island of Hainan to escape the haze.

However, Wang’s wife did not like Hainan and nor did she like living apart from him, and whenever the two of them met they fought, the report said. Fed up with this, Wang has filed for divorce in a Beijing court, the newspaper said.

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