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People’s Daily Says PX No More Harmful Than Coffee

Following a series of anti-paraxylene (PX) demonstrations across China, including recent episodes in Kunming and Chengdu, People’s Daily declared on Monday that the petrochemical is no more carcinogenic than coffee. Li...

Creator of White House Petition Visited by Police

Chinese netizens have recently discovered the public petition system on the White House website, and several petitions created by Chinese citizens have gone viral, notably one calling for an investigation of a 1994 poisoning...

Anatomy of Two Protests: Kunming vs. Chengdu

East by Southeast, a new group blog on “China’s footprint in Southeast Asia and […] the big questions surrounding China’s global rise”, has posted a detailed account of Saturday’s peaceful PX protests in...

Protesters in Kunming and Chengdu Fight Pollution

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered in Kunming, Yunnan to protest plans by China National Petroleum Corporation to build a plant in a nearby town which would produce the hazardous chemical paraxylene (PX). From BBC: Some...

Sensitive Words: Protests, Arrests, and More

As of April 29, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). The “Nine Gentlemen”: Nine activists were arrested last week after demanding that public servants disclose...

Sensitive Words: The Romance Is Over

As of March 19, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Leadership Transition: • Tao-Bao (涛宝): Playing on the name of the online shopping site Taobao, this is a term...

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