China Metro Train Derails in Test Run

As China continues to work on its high-speed railways amid concerns over corruption, a subway train derailed during a test run in Kunming leaving a driver dead and injuring another, from AFP: The first carriage of the train ran...

Clashes With the Chengguan in Two Cities

Following public outrage over the beating death of a bystander in Tianmen by “urban management” (chengguan) officials, more stories of abuse by the forces are coming out. RFA Unplugged covers a recent incident...

Head-banging snakes may predict China quakes – Reuters

Earthquake prediction with Chinese characteristics, via China has come up with an earthquake prediction system which relies on the behavior of snakes, state media said on Thursday, two days after two quakes struck off neighboring Taiwan. The earthquake bureau in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi autonomous region in southern China, had developed its system […]

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