Ministry of Truth: Greenpeace on SOE “Water Grab”

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry...

Ordos: A Ghost Town That Isn’t

Ordos city, a development project in Inner Mongolia that was designed to attract one million residents, has frequently been derided as a failure and a “ghost town,” with up to 90% of its construction projects empty....

China’s Real Estate Bubble, and Hopes for Democracy

For CBS’ 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl visits China to investigate the “largest housing bubble in human history” and explore ghost cities, such as Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and housing and shopping developments that...

Concern at Abuse of Foreign Journalists in China

Three China-based Foreign Correspondents’ Clubs have issued a joint statement condemning “alarming” recent episodes of harassment against foreign reporters. From the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong...

Miss China on Top of the World

As China embraces beauty pageants, Miss China Yu Wenxia was crowned Miss World on Saturday. She is the second contestant to win from China: 2007’s Zhang Zilin was the first Chinese contestant to win an international beauty...

Ai Weiwei's Wife Questioned by Police

Ai Weiwei’s wife, Lu Qing, was questioned at a Beijing police station on Tuesday afternoon, and later released [zh]. The Guardian’s Tania Branigan spoke to Ai, who said that he did not know why she had been summoned:...

China's Empty City of Ordos

Melissa Chan of Al Jazeera revisits the town of Ordos in Inner Mongolia, which, as she reported two years ago, was a ghost city being built out of nothing in the desert with government funds: Read more about Ordos via...

Video: Most Human Dominoes? They’re in China

The city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia helped China set another world record by assembling the largest number of people to create a chain of human dominoes. From the Christian Science Monitor: It is clearly not enough for the...

Going Green in China, Case by Case

Ordos, Inner Mongolia, has been getting its share of attention in recent weeks with several articles mentioning it in the international media. The New York Times reports from the city on local initiatives to implement green...

China’s Empty City

Al Jazeera looks at the impact of China’s economic stimulus spending: China’s economy is continuing to grow despite the global recession, helped by a massive government stimulus package of $585bn. But doubts remain...

‘Libelous’ Poster Receives Criminal Sentence (Updated)

Wu Baoquan’s comments towards the government landed him in prison. Roland Soong of ESWN translates a Southern Metropolis Daily article that talks about Wu’s situation, as well as the quieting of his case online:...

In Inner Mongolia, Pushing Architecture’s Outer Limits

Fred Bernstein writes in the New York Times about a grand experiment in architecture that is taking place in an unlikely spot — a patch of steppe in Inner Mongolia: “Basically, Ordos is Texas,” explained Michael S. Tunkey,...



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