China’s Glorious New Past

In the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson revisit the gritty industrial city of Datong for the first time in ten years and is shocked by what he finds: Over the past few decades, Chinese cities have seen their historic...

Video: Journey to the End of Coal

An interactive web documentary takes viewers on a journey through the economy of coal in China. From the introduction: Journey To The End Of Coal tells you the story of a sacrifice. A sacrifice millions of Chinese coal miners...

China Detains Three After Beating Death of Reporter – Reuters

From Reuters, via the Washington Post: Chinese police have detained three suspects in connection with the death of a reporter beaten to death as he investigated an illegal coal mine, state media said on Friday amid an outcry about media rights. Lan Chengzhang, who worked for the China Trade News, died of an apparent brain […]

More on the death of journalist Lan Chengzhang (Updated)

More on the murder of journalist Lan Chengzhang, who was reportedly beaten to death while reporting at an illegal coal mine. From the Guardian: Police said they were not treating Lan as a journalist because he had not worked long enough to be formerly accredited. Local officials speculated that he may have been simply posing […]

China chokes on a coal-fired boom – Michael Sheridan

From Times Online: A Great coal rush is under way across China on a scale not seen anywhere since the 19th century. Its consequences have been detected half a world away in toxic clouds so big that they can seen from space, drifting across the Pacific to California laden with microscopic particles of chemicals that […]



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