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Beijing is top 10 city

DESPITE the smog and heavy traffic, Beijing has made it into the top 10 of the world's most global cities for the first time.

The Chinese capital was ranked number eight in the biennial Global Cities Index (GCI), published by global management consulting firm AT Kearney, jumping from number 14 in previous years.

The improved performance was attributed to an increase in the number of Fortune 500 companies, international schools, broadband subscribers and museums.