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More Than 60 Killed in Jilin Slaughterhouse Fire

A fire at a Jilin poultry slaughterhouse early on Monday morning killed at least 61 people, according to Xinhua: Over 300 workers were in the plant when the accident happened, survivors told Xinhua, adding they heard a sudden...

Nursing Mothers Stage Feed-In

Amid the controversy of forced abortions and China sending its first woman into space, women’s issues have once again become the focus of media attention. The Global Times reports 30 mothers staged a breast-feeding flash...

Apple’s China Problems

The New York Times traces the human element of Apple’s supply chain in a lengthy report on conditions at the Chinese factories that make its wildly popular devices: Some former Apple executives say there is an unresolved...

Apple Releases 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report

Apple has released its latest Supplier Responsibility report, which shows an 80% drop in underage labour and signs of a new and long-awaited transparency. The company also published a nearly comprehensive list of suppliers for...

A Trip to China Can Make a Guy Hate His iPhone

The New York Times interviews Mike Daisey, whose forthcoming one-man show at New York’s Public Theatre, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, is based partly on Daisey’s undercover visits to Shenzhen...

The China Model and the Authoritarian State

Suisheng Zhao writes at East Asia Forum about the apparent triumphs and potential pitfalls of the “China Model”: For all its glitter and shimmer, the China model has some clear faultlines that are responsible for...

Apple Releases New Supplier Responsibility Report

Last month, a group of Chinese environmental organizations criticised Apple for the excessive secrecy surrounding its supply chain, and for its uncooperative response to requests for information. The company’s newly...

The (Limited) Rise of Labor in China

From china/divide: Lots of labor stories in the news these days, the two most popular being Foxconn’s wage hikes and reorganizations, and Honda’s repeated strike problems with its China labor force. It’s enough...

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