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Ningbo Protests Point to Middle Class Discontent

Over the weekend, residents took to the streets in Ningbo, Zhejiang, to protest plans to expand a paraxylene (PX) plant in their city. Following the protests, which lasted three days and sometimes turned violent, the local...

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,...

Sensitive Words: Ningbo Protests and More

As of October 27, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function): Protests in Ningbo: Thousands in the coastal city are demonstrating against the expansion of a petrochemical...

Weibo Blocks Photo Uploading in Ningbo

Among ongoing protests in Ningbo against the expansion of a petrochemical plant, Sina Weibo users report they are unable to upload photos to the site from local IP addresses. Attempts are met with this message: “20021...

China Searches for the Next Steve Jobs

Evan Osnos writes in the New Yorker about the eastern port city of Ningbo, where local government officials have initiated a stimulus project to develop “an army of Steve Jobs-style leaders,” and the climate for...

Child’s Death Sparks Concern

The death of the young son of migrant workers highlights an alarming trend of child abuse in China. Radio Free Asia reports: The death of a two-and-a-half-year-old son of migrant workers at a kindergarten in the eastern Chinese...

Protests in Two Chinese Cities

BBC News reports on recent unrest in China. Approximately 10,000 participants took to the streets in both Hunan and Ningbo to air grievances. The Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said that, in...

Game Over for a Corruption-Battling Videogame in China – Wall Street Journal

Power unplugged for the once headline-making anti-corruption online game. But why it went offline remains somewhat a mystery. From the Wall Street Journal: Ningbo created an elaborate online role-playing game called Incorruptible Warrior, in which players wield weapons and supernatural powers to kill corrupt government officials, their bikini-clad mistresses and even their families. Players could […]

Anti-corruption Game Launches – Oriental Morning Post

This is not a TV drama or movie poster. It is, you may never guess it, one for an anti-corruption game, offered for free. Sorry, only in Chinese, and no Mac version, at least not yet. Translated from Oriental Morning Post, via sina.com: The game promises to teach you historical knowledge about ancient China while […]

China Completing 22-mile Long Sea Bridge – AP

From Associated Press: A 22-mile long bridge that its builders claim is the world’s longest sea-crossing structure was formally linked-up Tuesday just south of the business hub of Shanghai. The bridge links Shanghai to the industrial city of Ningbo across Hangzhou Bay, cutting the distance between them from about 250 miles to just 50 miles. […]

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