Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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Explosion at PX Plant Reignites Safety Concerns

In 1997, widespread protests against a paraxylene (PX) plant in Xiamen, Fujian forced officials to change their plans and launched the NIMBY movement in China. The plant was moved to inland Zhangzhou, and was completed and opened earlier this year. The relocation of the plant to a less-densely populated area was seen as a victory for the protesters. But an explosion and fire at the

July 30, 2013

GAPPRFT Portfolio Published

As part of a government restructuring program initiated at the National People’s Congress in March, the General Administration of Press and Publications was merged with the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, creating the awkwardly named “General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television.” The new body oversees

July 29, 2013