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Explosion at PX Plant Reignites Safety Concerns

In 1997, widespread protests against a paraxylene (PX) plant in Xiamen, Fujian forced officials to change their plans and launched the NIMBY movement in China. The plant was moved to inland Zhangzhou, and was completed and...

Electromagnetism Fears Spark Protests

China has seen numerous protests triggered by fears of chemical pollution. Two incidents in the past month have revolved instead around concerns over health threats from electromagnetic radiation, despite the lack of evidence...

PX Protests, Hollow Victories and Forced Demolitions

Last weekend, following an increasingly familiar pattern, protests in the coastal city of Ningbo won the promised suspension of a controversial paraxylene (PX) plant. At China Media Project, David Bandurski discussed the role of...

Protests in Ningbo Continue (Updated)

Residents of Ningbo have been protesting a proposed expansion of a petrochemical plant, citing environmental concerns. From the New York Times [See updates below]: The protesters, who witnesses said numbered in the thousands,...

Qidong Paper Plant Resumes Production

The paper factory at the centre of violent protests in Jiangsu at the weekend resumed production on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press: Authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Qidong dropped plans for a waste water...

Tenuous Calm After Pollution Protests (Updated)

AFP reports quiet in Qidong amid a heavy police presence following Saturday’s violent protests against a planned pipeline. “People don’t dare to go out in the streets today,” said a local resident, who...

Pipeline Project Cancelled After Protests (Updated)

Riots broke out in the Jiangsu city of Qidong on Saturday during protests against a pipeline which locals feared would pollute the nearby coastline. From Peter Parks at AFP: Following the clashes, the local police said in their...

Shifang Plant Cancelled, Protesters Released

The planned copper plant in Sichuan Province over which protesters and riot police clashed earlier this week has been cancelled, and those detained during the confrontation released. From Keith Bradsher at The New York Times:...

China’s Middle Class Derails New Link

Following protests by residents concerned over its environmental impact, Shanghai has canceled plans to extend the maglev train line to Hangzhou. The Australian looks at the impact of the new NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) movement...

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