Cross-Talk Comics: Killing the Messenger

Cross-Talk Comics looks at the last nine months in news and the government response to many surprising developments:

 

 

Wang Lijun, former right-hand man to the “King of Mountain City,” i.e. Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai, ran to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu this February, exposing the Chinese Communist Party’s biggest public scandal in decades.

 

 

 

Toxins in baby formula, counterfeit pharmaceuticals and other food and drug safety issues are nothing new in China.

 

 

 

 

 

Rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng escaped from his illegal house arrest in April, making his way to the U.S. embassy in Beijing and eventually New York.

 

 

 

 

 

Villagers in the Wukan staged a revolt last December, driving local officials out and barricading themselves from the authorities. Guangdong Party Secretary Wang Yang dialogued with the villagers, leading to a peaceful end to the siege and local elections.

 

 

In July, residents of Shifang, Sichuan Province successfully protested the construction of a copper molybdenum power plant.

 

 

 

 

 

This could be a reference to the spate of Tibetan self-immolations in protest against Chinese rule. After two self-immolations in Lhasa this May, foreigners were briefly barred from visiting Tibet and security was tightened.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via CDT Chinese. Translation by Josh Rudolph.