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Explosion at PX Plant Reignites Safety Concerns

In 1997, widespread protests against a paraxylene (PX) plant in Xiamen, Fujian forced officials to change their plans and launched the NIMBY movement in China. The plant was moved to inland Zhangzhou, and was completed and...

Protesters in Kunming and Chengdu Fight Pollution

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered in Kunming, Yunnan to protest plans by China National Petroleum Corporation to build a plant in a nearby town which would produce the hazardous chemical paraxylene (PX). From BBC: Some...

PX Protests, Hollow Victories and Forced Demolitions

Last weekend, following an increasingly familiar pattern, protests in the coastal city of Ningbo won the promised suspension of a controversial paraxylene (PX) plant. At China Media Project, David Bandurski discussed the role of...

China Says Will Shut Plant as Thousands Protest

When Tropical Storm Muifa descended on China’s north-east last week, damage to dykes in Dalian sparked fears of leaks from a coastal chemical plant. The threat was averted, but thousands of local residents marched today,...

After the Salt Rush, Nuclear Fears Remain

Although Chinese authorities are still comitted to nuclear power, public fears about the technology remain heightened, as the New York Times reports: The salt panic, plus a surge in online voices opposing plans to build dozens...

Models, Delegates, And The Latest Spin On PX

Jonathan Ansfield’s most recent Biganzi dispatch: So great is the Great Hall of the People that there’s always room for a sideshow, even when the national legislature is in session. Last Friday at 8:50 a.m., a pack of...

Two Letters That Plant Protests

Biganzi’s Jonathan Ansfield sends in his latest dispatch: Anti-PX marches on Dongshan Island two weeks ago were a country cousin to the urbane “strolls” last year in downtown Xiamen. The protest burst into a rumble, as...

PX Workers Protest, No One Notices (Updated)

The latest from Biganzi’s Jonathan Ansfield, reporting from Xiamen: Though the people’s coup over paraxylene (PX) in Xiamen is not official yet, echoes it are being heard in protests from Nanjing to Shanghai to...

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