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...

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



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