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92nd Tibetan Self-Immolation Reported

Dharamsala-based Phayul.com reports that a 92nd self-immolation protest took place on Monday evening. Lobsang Gendun, a 29-year-old Tibetan monk self-immolated in Golog Pema Dzong at around 7:45 pm (local time). He succumbed to...

Ma Jun: “A Huge Step Forward” in Rio?

The final document that emerged from the Rio+20 Earth Summit prompted vocal disappointment from many quarters, with Jonathan Watts going as far as to compare the conference with a 1930s League of Nations assembly. From Watts and...

China, Bhutan Ready for Diplomatic Relations

Amid frustration at the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio—which The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts gloomily compared with a 1930s League of Nations assembly—a side meeting between Wen...

Witnessing the Birth of a Superpower

The Guardian’s outgoing Asia environment correspondent Jonathan Watts reviews his nine years of reporting from China before taking up a new role as the newspaper’s Latin America correspondent next month. This has...

Chen Guangcheng Speaks from New York

Chen Guangcheng, who arrived in New York on Saturday, greeted a cheering crowd outside New York University with a short speech. From NTDTV, via Shanghaiist: From the Associated Press: “I believe that no matter how...

Activist’s Escape Tests Chinese & US Governments

Chen Guangcheng’s escape from house arrest to the US embassy (as seems increasingly likely) has presented both Washington and Beijing with difficulties ahead of high-level talks this week. The episode threatens to further...

“The World’s Most Important Story”

Jonathan Watts has spent the past nine years covering China and the environment for the Guardian. As he prepares to move to a new job covering South America for the paper, he delivered a parting speech at the 2012 China...

City Air Harmful for Another 20-30 Years

While China’s air pollution carries heavy costs for its economy and public health, a leading expert has warned that there will be no quick recovery. From Jonathan Watts at The Guardian: The cautionary note comes at the...

Hydropower Dams Fuelling Conflict in Burma

Chinese hydropower projects have been accused of exacerbating violent unrest in Burma. The dams in question are being built by Chinese companies with Chinese funding, and are intended to produce electricity in large part for...

China’s Environment in the Year of the Tiger

At the Guardian, Jonathan Watts looks back at environmental stories from the past year, including tigers, droughts, floods, traffic jams and oil spills. Also marked is the death of Liang Congjie, founder of China’s first...

The Choking of China — and The World

In The Independent, Johann Hari writes about China’s “ecological disintegration”, heavily citing Jonathan Watts’ book, When A Billion Chinese Jump. Swiping at “gasbag” Thomas Friedman’s...

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