social unrest

Dissent Magazine: China’s 99%

The latest issue of Dissent Magazine has a special section dedicated to “China’s 99%,” or laobaixing. Curated by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, it includes articles about women, youth, ethnic minorities, and workers....

Thousands of Chinese Protest after Traffic Accident

According to reports, a traffic accident during a police chase in Fuan, Fujian, led to a riot by thousands of residents. AP reports: Residents said police were stopping cars and checking people for driving after drinking on...

Standing Their Ground: Violent Evictions in China

A new report from Amnesty International (PDF) examines China’s forced evictions, a major source of social unrest. Heavy debts incurred to finance stimulus projects encourage local governments to sell off land, which...

Photos: Unrest in Qidong

Saturday’s protests in Qidong, Jiangsu, over a proposed pipeline, escalated into violence and riot police were called in. Numerous photographs of the scene have been distributed online by bystanders, which show an immense...

China Shows Force in Shaxi after Worker Riots

Following two nights of rioting after a fight between a migrant teenager and a local boy in Shaxi, Guangdong, riot police have been brought in to restore order. BBC reporters visited Shaxi: We kept a low profile on the streets...

China’s Lies, Damn Lies and Secret Statistics

As Beijing tries to stifle independent monitoring of its air quality and seals up previously public financial data, Trefor Moss surveys the various types of controlled information at Foreign Policy. Beijing makes no secret of...

China’s Greatest Threat is Internal

In the Financial Times, Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes about the primary challenges facing China, most of which originate from within: Domestic pressures – the need to raise hundreds of...

Top China Official Urges More 'Forceful' Web Controls

With micro-blogs becoming a powerful way for citizens to express themselves outside of traditional media controls, officials in China are urging more forceful and effective controls over micro-bloggers. The Associated Press...

China Leader Warns About Unrest Due to Economy

A top government official has expressed fears that Beijing is not prepared for the increasing social unrest that is one consequence of the economic slowdown. These fears come during a decline in manufacturing, as labor strikes...

Unrest Grows as Economy Booms

The Wall Street Journal gives an overview of the increasing social unrest throughout China, much of which, like this week’s protests in Guangdong, stems from conflicts over land: In 2010, China was rocked by 180,000...

Riot Erupts in Southwest China Town

Thousands rioted in Guizhou’s Qianxi County on Thursday, apparently incensed by an altercation with chengguan or “urban administration officials”. From Reuters: The protest in Qianxi County, Guizhou province,...

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