Biganzi (笔杆子)

Biganzi (笔杆子)


Models, Delegates, And The Latest Spin On PX

Jonathan Ansfield’s most recent Biganzi dispatch: So great is the Great Hall of the People that there’s always room for a sideshow, even when the national legislature is in session. Last Friday at 8:50 a.m., a pack of...

Two Letters That Plant Protests

Biganzi’s Jonathan Ansfield sends in his latest dispatch: Anti-PX marches on Dongshan Island two weeks ago were a country cousin to the urbane “strolls” last year in downtown Xiamen. The protest burst into a rumble, as...

PX Workers Protest, No One Notices (Updated)

The latest from Biganzi’s Jonathan Ansfield, reporting from Xiamen: Though the people’s coup over paraxylene (PX) in Xiamen is not official yet, echoes it are being heard in protests from Nanjing to Shanghai to...


The latest incarnation of the one yuan bill, the fifth in P.R.C. history, went into circulation in 2004. The front of the note, like all others in the series, shows the face of Mao Zedong.

About How Those “Stars Aligned”

China gazers oohed and ahhed last month when five major Communist Party papers ran Sunday editions with nearly identical front pages. Same layout, same photos, same headlines, same sub-headers, and same copy – though...

Pining For Huangfu Ping

In a long and intriguing essay in this past week’s Economic Observer (ÁªèʵéËßÇÂØüÊä•), former Party newspaper man Zhou Ruijin (Âë®ÁëûÈáë) reminisces about his role in reinvigorating

Zheng Xiaoyu’s Final Hours -Caijing

What to make of the execution this month of Chinese food and drug czar Zheng Xiaoyu (郑筱萸)? Debate has raged, and it could be years before the full ramifications, however significant,

The Party Congress Peg

Since the bad old days, it’s been de rigueur for Communist Party mandarins to commission prominent newspaper editorials to plant — or crush – the seeds of major

License To Edit

It’s becoming a rite of spring. Around 120 bosses of Beijing-based magazines withdrew to the hillside resort of Hongluo Temple last week, for five days of rest, relaxation,



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