local corruption

Corrupt Officials Draw Unusual Publicity

In the wake of several recent corruption and sex scandals, a new round of the anti-corruption game has been launched. From Andrew Jacobs at The New York Times: “The anticorruption storm has begun,” People’s Daily, the party...

Henan Officials Commit a Grave Error

China saw 41 self-immolation protests against forced evictions between 2009 and 2011. One might expect that death would at least be the end of the problem; but not in Zhukou city in Henan province, where local authorities are...

City Party Chief Fled with Money

Wang Guoqiang, former party chief of a city in northeast China’s Liaoning province, has fled to the United States with his family members and, reportedly, with millions of dollars too. From BBC: Local officials said Mr...

Chen Guangcheng’s Supporters Face Reprisals

While Chen Guangcheng remains under guard in Beijing’s Chaoyang Hospital, awaiting permission to travel with his family to the United States, a broad range of reprisals have been visited upon his family and supporters...

Key Phrase: Fighting to Become a Peasant

Southern Metropolis Daily’s “key phrase” of the day is “fighting to become a peasant,” or 争当农民. According to news reports, the term originated when government workers of Yiwu city in Zhejiang...

The Rigged Jiangsu Public Opinion Poll

Roland Soong of ESWN translates a piece from China National Radio on the discovery of rigged answers to a Jiangsu public opinion poll. Villagers complained that questions regarding annual incomes, social security, and overall...

China Police Take Away Citizens Airing Grievances

Audra Ang of the Associated Press reports on the detention of citizens protesting against local corruption. Police in China’s capital took away at least eight people trying to air grievances in front a government building...

China Officials ‘Lost Millions’

Officials in Guangzhou have been investigated and/or jailed for gambling away over $3 million in public funds. From BBC: Chinese media reports said more than 50 officials had been investigated and six had been jailed or...

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