This American Life Retracts Episode on Foxconn Abuses

Mike Daisey’s one-man show, ‘The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’, brought widespread attention to labour practices at the Foxconn plants in China where many Apple products are assembled (and which produce,...

Apple Auditing Supply Plants for Pollution

Apple has admitted to pollution from more than half a dozen links in its Chinese supply chain during promised meetings with the organisations behind a damning report into the company’s environmental impact. From Caixin...

Strange Odour in Suzhou May Choke MacBook Supply (Updated)

Suzhou authorities have ordered a partial factory closure following complaints from local residents, offering some faint hope of a broader new responsiveness to citizens’ environmental concerns. The plant belongs to one of...

Two Former Chinese Vice Mayors Executed for Bribery

Xinhua reports the executions for corruption of the former vice mayors of Hangzhou and Suzhou: Xu Maiyong, a former vice mayor of the city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of...

Workers Riot in Suzhou

Today in Suzhou, workers at the Taiwan-owned United Win (China) Technology Ltd. Co. (联建科技) held a strike, which later turned into a riot, according to reports circulating online. Posts and photos on the topic are being deleted...

Walks in Beijing, Massages in Shanghai, Architecture in Suzhou

In anticipation of the Olympics, the foreign media are cranking out the travel pieces on China. This weekend, the Los Angeles Times writes about walking neighborhoods in Beijing, while the New York Times indulges in spa treatments and the rejuvenated waterfront in Suzhou. From the LA Times: Maps don’t convey the city’s size, which together […]

I.M. Pei Returns to His Roots With Opening of Suzhou Museum – Le-Min Lim

From Bloomberg News: Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, better known as I.M. Pei, has brought his love of geometric design back to his family’s hometown in China with the opening this week of the new Suzhou Museum. The angular white and gray building is the latest — and some say the last — major design […]

Online Extra: Suzhou Wants Your Business – Dexter Roberts

From BusinessWeek: Not so long ago, Suzhou was known as a sleepy city of gardens, temples, and canals. A favorite on the tourist circuit, it was basically a business backwater. But over the past decade Nokia, Samsung, Philips, Dupont, Emerson, Honeywell International, 3M, Bosch, and Delphi have poured billions of dollars into Suzhou, making it […]



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