The Coal Boom Choking China

The Guardian has published a visually rich multimedia story on coal in China. From the intro:...

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...

350,000 in Ningxia to be Relocated in Five-Year Plan

One aspect of the 12th Five-Year Plan may include the relocation of 350,000 people from Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From China Daily: More than 350,000 people living in poor areas in Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui...

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...

Harsh Life for China’s Hill Farmers – Peter Day

The BBC looks at the hardships of a farming family in Ningxia: The dry crumbly loess is shaped by occasional rains into fantastic gorges and spectacular cliffs. And the ingenious Chinese, always short of farmland, have spent generations slicing terraces out of the fragile mountains by hand, making tier above tier of land cultivable to […]

Crying for the Thousand-Year-Old Great Wall – Laohu Miao

Via 24 hours Online, summarized and translated by CDT. View also the slide show of what Laohu Miao has seen along the Great Wall: On December 1, 2006 the State Council passed “the Great Wall Protection Ordinance”[150 State Council executive meeting], the first chapter of which holds the potential for hidden dangers to the protection […]

Severely Disabled Woman Appeals for Euthanasia Law – Jessie Tao

From China Daily: Li Yan, a 28-year-old terminal cancer patient, has been in the spotlight lately after popular CCTV investigative news anchor woman Chai Jing posted a message from her, conveying Li’s wish that the NPC (National People’s Congress), which is convening for the annual session, considers a draft on peaceful death, or euthanasia. Li, […]

Women lead prayers, revolution in China – Saibal Dasgupta

From The Times of India: As part of a silent revolution in China, Muslim women are leading prayers, something considered unthinkable in Islamic countries. Wuzhong has the highest concentration of female imams in China. Over 20 of them lead prayers and advise women on religious affairs in this predominantly Muslim town. [Full text] To read […]



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