Wu Renbao, the Party chief of Huaxi Village, died of lung cancer on Monday, stirring up a debate over his dictatorial policies that created one of China’s leading rural economies. From Amy Li at South China Morning Post:...
Oct 15, 2011
As reported on Monday, the Jiangsu village of Huaxi recently unveiled a 328-metre skyscraper, crowned with a golden disco ball and housing a one-ton solid gold ox. The Guardian has now published a video report on the village and...
Oct 10, 2011
The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts revisited the village of Huaxi ahead of the official unveiling of its new centrepiece, a 72-storey skyscraper housing a one-tonne, 300 million yuan solid gold ox. An incongruous new sight has...
Jul 11, 2011
A Chinese village of 2,000 is building a 74-story skyscraper – all in the name of socialism. From the New York Times: Huaxi’s so-called New Village in the Sky — at 1,076 feet, a bit taller than the Chrysler Building in...
Sep 28, 2009
During the years of the Cultural Revolution, then Party Secretary Wu Renbao led Jiangsu Province’s Huaxi village towards urbanization. Today, Huaxi is China’s richest village. Tini Tran covers the story of Huaxi for...
Jun 12, 2005
From the Washington Post: A pitched battle erupted that soggy morning between enraged farmers and badly outnumbered police. By the end of the day, high-ranking officials had fled in their black sedans and hundreds of policemen had scattered in panic while farmers destroyed their vehicles. It was a rare triumph for the peasants, rising up […]
Jonathan Watts: In China’s richest village, peasants are all shareholders now – by order of the party
May 9, 2005
From the Guardian: Elsewhere in the country, the annual average disposable income of urban dwellers only recently passed $1,000 (about ¬£530). In the countryside, the figure is two thirds lower. But Huaxi’s residents get a yearly salary of $1,500, a bonus of $10,000 and dividends of $25,000. Twenty years ago, most were farmers living in […]
Apr 24, 2005
ESWN has posted a series of questions and answers about the recent riots at Huankantou, based on translations of several documents about the incident. The first question: Q:¬† Is it true that there is a total news blackout on the Huaxi/Huankantou incident and the only available information comes from western media? Are these the sole […]
Apr 15, 2005
From the BBC: A Chinese village has become a tourist attraction after residents fought a pitched battle with police, who retreated after dozens were injured… The unrest is one of a series of recent outbursts of frustration and anger in rural China, over various issues. Residents say tens of thousands of people from nearby towns […]
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