Heavy Flooding in Kunming Kills 2

Torrential rains on Thursday and Friday have flooded Kunming, in Yunnan province, as Xinhua News reports that 2 people are dead and 1 still missing in the city’s third major flood since a drought ended in May: The downpour...

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...

Ministry of Truth: Kunming Environmental Protest

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: Without exception, do not republish, report, or comment on the...

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...

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...

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...

Chinese Political Advisor Throws Fit at Boarding Gate

Yan Linkun, a vice chairman of Yunnan Mining Co. and local political advisor, smashed equipment at a boarding gate at Kunming Changshui Airport after missing two flights on February 19. From Josh Chin at the Wall Street Journal,...



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