The week before last month’s explosion at a Zhangzhou PX plant, a Southern Weekly article...
by Cindy | Jun 25, 2013
Following a series of anti-paraxylene (PX) demonstrations across China, including recent episodes in Kunming and Chengdu, People’s Daily declared on Monday that the petrochemical is no more carcinogenic than coffee. Li...
by Samuel Wade | Jun 5, 2013
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection a new report on Tuesday, revealing that almost 60% of the groundwater it tested last year rated as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’, and that nearly 60% of the...
by Samuel Wade | May 31, 2013
While Kunming authorities won praise for their handling of demonstrations against a nearby PX plant early this month, subsequent episodes have driven them to unusual and illegal measures against further protest. Real-name...
by Sophie Beach | May 17, 2013
The East by Southeast blog has posted a detailed account of Thursday’s protests in Kunming over the planned PetroChina oil refinery and reported paraxylene (PX) plant. The account describes how the protests switched focus...
by Sophie Beach | May 16, 2013
Thousands of protesters rallied in Kunming on Thursday to oppose the construction of an oil refinery operated by China National Petroleum Corp. (PetroChina). The protests, the second this month, were mostly peaceful but were met...
by Sophie Beach | May 15, 2013
In the second related protest in two weeks, hundreds of people gathered on the streets in Kunming to protest the construction of an oil refinery and paraxylene (PX) plant near the city. The South China Morning Post is posting...
by Anne Henochowicz | May 9, 2013
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: With regards to the China National Petroleum Corp. oil refinery...
by Sophie Beach | May 4, 2013
On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered in Kunming, Yunnan to protest plans by China National Petroleum Corporation to build a plant in a nearby town which would produce the hazardous chemical paraxylene (PX). From BBC: Some...
by Anne Henochowicz | Mar 24, 2013
As of March 24, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Kunming PX Plant: A p-Xylene (PX) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) processing plant is planned for the...
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