From Sand to Skyscrapers: Inside China’s Newest City

As Beijing plans to move hundreds of millions into China’s cities, Tom Phillips reports from Lanzhou New Area, a new city under construction in Gansu province for which 700 mountains were condemned to be flattened: Its...

China at the Crossroads of Renewal and Breakdown

In nearly 9,000 words at The Globe and Mail, Mark MacKinnon recounts his recent 22-day train journey around China, loosely following the course of Mao’s Long March. He met officials and protesters, nailhouse residents and...

Charges Dropped in Violinist’s Inciting Subversion Case

Prosecutors have dropped charges of inciting subversion against Chen Pingfu, a former teacher who became a street musician in order to pay medical bills. Chen subsequently wrote more than 300 online articles about abuses by...

700 Mountains Flattened for New Desert City

Late last month, premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang declared that boosting the country’s urban population, which passed 50% of the total a year ago, was China’s most promising avenue for further development. From Caijing:...

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...

Hui Minority Beats Lanzhou Chengguan Onto Knees Crying

ChinaSMACK has captured a netizen’s response to vigilante justice against the abuse of “urban management” officials (chengguan 城管) in Lanzhou, a Hui Muslim dominated area: This weekend, due to the recent need to repair our...

Protests and Crackdown Continue to Spread (Updated)

Update: In light of the treatment of foreign reporters trying to cover the Tibet protests (see below for details), the Foreign Correspondents Club of China has issued a statement demanding access to the area. The Age is...

Photos: Endless Queue for Water in Wuhan after the Snowstorm

When I was in elementary school, our geography teacher told us how Lanzhou city in the northwest desert area of China had suffered from a water shortage. He said the city relied on the water cart system which supplied water...

Lanzhou Party Leader on the Role of Public Servants – CCTV

“Parenting Official (Fumu Guan) (父母官)” is a term that was often used in Chinese dynasties to call officials whose role was “to parent” the people they ruled. This is the political heritage of the official Confucius education. However, this political heritage is slowly changing in today’s China. When interviewed on CCTV’s program “From Decision Makers […]

Taoism in the News – Sam Crane

From The Useless Tree blog: Call me skeptical. But I get a bit nervous when I see stories like this (Xinhua version): LANZHOU, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The first international forum on Lao Tzu, known as China’s “father of philosophy”, opened Tuesday in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu province.[Full Text]



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