Small, Yet Brave – Jianqiang Liu

From China Dialogue:

Of all China’s government agencies, the State Administration (SEPA) may have the hardest life. They have to deal with the world’s worst pollution and largest population – and without anywhere near enough power to do so. You may as well ask a dwarf to move a mountain.

This was perfectly demonstrated by recent events in Beijing.

World Environment Day
is held on June 5; it is when and its international counterparts should demonstrate their achievements. But it was this very day that 1,000 Beijing residents chose to surround the administration wearing white T-shirts painted with slogans, as a protest against plans to build a waste incinerator near their homes in Liulitun, Beijing. [Full Text]

Jianqiang Liu is a senior investigative journalist with China Southern Weekend and a visiting scholar at Peking University.

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