Kunming PX

Kunming PX Environmental Assessment Under Fire

Environmental groups have attacked the impact assessment report for a planned PX plant near Kunming, published late last month following major protests against the project. The report deemed risks from the plant...

People’s Daily Says PX No More Harmful Than Coffee

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...

CDT 2013 China News Map

China Digital Times has put together a News Map for major China-related news events in 2013. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. Catch up here on the major stories from the first half of the year: View CDT...

Environmental Protests a “Sign of Unequal Society”

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...

Who Will Save China’s Environment?

Following a number of recent protests against industrial pollution, an article in Nature magazine by environmentalist Qiang Wang looks at the role civil society will play in cleaning up China’s environment: Solutions must...

Kunming and the Rising Tide of Environmental Protest

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...

Kunming Protests Met with Heavy Police Presence

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...

Protesters Take to Streets Again in Kunming

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...

Ministry of Truth: Planned Yunnan Oil Refinery

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...

Anatomy of Two Protests: Kunming vs. Chengdu

East by Southeast, a new group blog on “China’s footprint in Southeast Asia and […] the big questions surrounding China’s global rise”, has posted a detailed account of Saturday’s peaceful PX protests in...

Protesters in Kunming and Chengdu Fight Pollution

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...

Sensitive Words: First Lady Fashion and More

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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