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Behind a Chinese Cover up – Mattew Forney and Susan Jakes

From the Time: Why local leaders kept Harbin ignorant of the reason for turning off its taps. The reason that officials in northeastern China decided not to announce that a 50 mile slick of toxic benzene was headed downriver toward the city of Harbin earlier this month was their fear of damaging tourism and investment […]

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Beaten activist to go back to Taishi village – Leu Siew Ying

From Asia Media: An activist who was badly beaten while trying to help Taishi residents oust a local official for alleged corruption plans to return to the village tomorrow, as scholars resume criticism of the government attack on grass-roots democracy. “I plan to return to Taishi on November 20,” said Lu Banglie, who was beaten […]

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Brazen beatings expose practices by local officials – Paul Wiseman

From Usa Today, via Yahoo!news: Two particularly brazen cases over the past few months have exposed the way local strongmen are using hired thugs to smother grass-roots democracy and prevent ordinary Chinese people from asserting their rights. In Taishi, a prosperous village of 2,000 in Guangdong province across the border from Hong Kong, citizens attempted […]

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The dragon and the eagle try to get along

From The Economist: When George Bush visits China this weekend, he and his counterpart, Hu Jintao, will stress their common ground. But the two countries continue nervously to appraise each other’s intentions. HU JINTAO, China’s president, has a favourite phrase these days: “harmonious world”, in which countries of different outlooks live together in peace. Mr […]

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