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Background: Conditions on major roads linking Beijing and provinces in northwest China have worsened over the past five months. The worst traffic jams usually last for more than a week causing bumper to bumper queues more than 100 kilometers long. Full Story>>
For more analysis on the unprecedented severe jams on the highways, let's go back to our current affairs commentator Dr. Gao Zhikai.
1. Dr. Gao. The unprecedented traffic jams plaguing the highways near the capital are creating headaches for traffic authorities and drivers alike. What do you think are the root causes?
2. We saw in the story that the traffic is primarily composed of trucks. However, tourists travelling between Inner Mongolia and Beijing are also using the roads. Do you think passenger and cargo flows should be separated for maximum efficiency?
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