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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 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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