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...

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...

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]

Number One On Lanzhou Television – EastSouthWestNorth

From the EastSouthWestNorth blog (link): In Lanzhou, the new city leader decided to clean up the city image by making the persons in charge of the various city departments appear on television to answer questions. “It is not acceptable to squat on the toilet space but refuse to defecate!” At the end of March, Lanzhou […]

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