Is the Most Famous Peasant a Dictator?

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:...

Huaxi: The Village That Towers Above China

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...

Richest Village in China a Capitalist Commune

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...

Edward Cody: Chinese peasants rise up over pollution

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 […]

ESWN: Q&A about Huaxi/Huankantou

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 […]

Francis Markus: China riot village draws tourists

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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