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:...
by Samuel Wade | 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...
by Sophie Beach | 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...
by Sophie Beach | 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
by Sophie Beach | 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 […]
by Sophie Beach | 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 […]
by Sophie Beach | 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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