gas prices

Ministry of Truth: New Gas Pricing Mechanism

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: With regards to analysis and discussion of the new price fixing...

Beijing’s Taxicab Contention

As economic expansion benefits China’s growing middle class, long stagnant fares are leaving Beijing’s 66,000 taxi drivers discontented. The Economist reports: Beijing’s base fare of 10 yuan ($1.60) has not changed...

Zombies and Beijing's Taxi Woes

TIME’s Austin Ramzy laments the crowded rush hour taxi scene in Beijing, which he compares to “zombies after fresh human brains,” and examines a system facing a crisis of quality while resisting the...

Fuel Prices Put China’s Drivers in Reverse

The Financial Times reports on anger from truck drivers over rising fuel prices, which led to the recent strike at the Shanghai port: A strike by lorry drivers at Shanghai’s port led to pitched battles with security forces last...

Energy Troubles in China

From China’s Energy Woes, from the Far Eastern Economic Review: China has long provided fuel subsidies, which have been blamed for encouraging wasteful consumption, propping up inefficient industries, degrading the...

High-Octane Discussions – Ni Yanshuo

From Beijing Review: On May 23, gas attendant Xiao Yang was amazed by the scene he had not seen in the more than two years he has worked at a gas station in Beijing’s Chaoyang District. At about 2 o’clock in the afternoon, hundreds of vehicles lined up to top up their petrol tanks. He […]

China: Raising fuel prices, raising tempers – John Kennedy

From Global Voices Online (link): Against the backdrop of falling international crude oil prices and the revaluation of the renminbi, the National Development and Reform Committee has once again enhanced the sales price of refined oil. Prices for #93 gasoline in greater Beijing are at an historical high. The explanation from the parties concerned is […]

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