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Factory Owners and Confucius on the Environment

Hangzhou-based Fulbright fellow Steven Zhang has been conducting research on how the management of factories in Zhejiang province view environmental protection. After describing the term huanbao (环保), Zhang describes his...

Lego to Build Plant in China

Danish toymaker Lego is to start work on its first Chinese factory in Zhejiang next year. The plant will help satisfy demand in Asian markets where sales have been growing at over 50% per year, boosted by rising middle classes...

SOEs, Rule of Law Among Hurdles for Clean Air Push

Beijing’s acting mayor has announced an array of new measures to combat air pollution in the city, following heavy smog that seeped hundreds of points off the scale this month. From Xinhua: The capital will take 180,000...

Artist Puts iPad on Pedestal

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos talks to artist Li Liao about his piece Consumption, currently on display in Beijing in an exhibition of 50 young, post-Mao Chinese artists. The work consists of objects from Li’s 45-day...

iPhone 5 Sets Accessory Makers Scrambling

While Foxconn has reportedly gone to extremes to meet anticipated demand for the new iPhone 5, Apple’s announcement on Wednesday was the starting pistol for other production lines in China as accessory designers finally...

Meet China’s Factory Workers

Foxconn’s rush to meet anticipated demand for the new iPhone 5 has produced fresh stories of abusive conditions in its Chinese factories. Students were allegedly forced to take unpaid internships on assembly lines, while...

Dangerous Elements: Heavy Metal Pollution in China

Paul Mooney reports for the South China Morning Post on heavy metal contamination from industries such as e-waste recycling and textile manufacture. The pollution can devastate health and agricultural livelihoods, but those...

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