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...




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