Bribing Officials Surprisingly Affordable

Former railways minister Liu Zhijun received a suspended death sentence on Monday for accepting bribes of almost 65 million yuan, though the true total of his ill-gotten gains is reportedly closer to a billion yuan in cash,...

Weibo Analysis Reveals Censorship Patterns

A team at Carnegie Mellon University has analysed tens of millions of Sina Weibo posts, uncovering patterns in China’s “soft censorship”—the deletion of existing posts, as opposed to the “hard...

Muslims Clash with Police over Mosque

A clash erupted between police and Muslims trying to defend their mosque from demolition in Ningxia, Reuters reports: Fighting between police and members of the largely Muslim Hui ethnic group broke out on Friday in Ningxia...

Showcase: Shifting Sands

The New York Times Lens blog has posted a slideshow of desertification in China: [Sean] Gallagher traveled to the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northern China to document the rapid advance of its deserts. The sandstorm...

Ningxia to Spearhead Islamic Finance in China

From Economic Observer Online: With encouragement from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is set to take the lead in trialling Islamic financial services in China. If the pilot project...

Death Toll In China Mine Explosion Rises To 16

From AP: The death toll from an explosion at a mine in northwestern China rose to 16 on Friday after rescuers found four more bodies, a state news agency said. Workers were using more than two tons of dynamite to blast away rock...

Rural Poor Struggle on in China

The BBC reports from drought-plagues Ningxia, where residents are missing out on China’s economic growth: Two hours south-west of Beijing by plane is Ningxia, the autonomous region known for its a big local minority of...



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