Following an explosion at a chemical plant in Fujian, cartoonist Rebel Pepper has translated...
by Sophie Beach | Jul 30, 2013
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...
by Sophie Beach | May 4, 2013
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...
by Sophie Beach | Nov 13, 2012
With large-scale protests over environmental concerns increasing in size and frequency, China’s leaders are under pressure to find ways to ease public concerns about industrial pollution. On the sidelines of the 18th Party...
by Samuel Wade | Nov 3, 2012
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...
by Samuel Wade | Jul 7, 2012
An online argument about environmental protests in Sichuan, which halted construction of a large molybdenum copper plant, reportedly spilled into a Beijing park on Friday. From Global Times: Wu Danhong, 33, an assistant...
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 12, 2009
Wen Yunchao (温云超), known by his online name Beifeng (北风), has just been elected Annual Outstanding (Chinese) Twitterer at the Twiscar ceremony, at the just completed Fifth Annual Chinese Blogger conference (CNbloggerCon), in...
by Liu Yong | Jan 13, 2009
From Reuters: China’s environment ministry has approved a petrochemical plant that drew fierce opposition over feared pollution in one eastern city, approving its construction several miles to the west. Plans to build the...
by Sophie Beach | Mar 3, 2008
The peaceful resolution to the Xiamen PX protests doesn’t seem to be so peaceful after all. From the Washington Post: Violent protests erupted in several southern Chinese fishing towns after residents heard a chemical...
by Wu Nan | Mar 2, 2008
Seems public grumblings continue amongst the displaced and dissatisfied at the epicenter of China’s growth, from Peijin Chen at Shanghaiist: A group of Shanghai residents who had applied to the government for the right to...
by Kate Zhao | Jan 21, 2008
The BBC looks at the recent Xiamen PX protests as an example of rising people power in China: The Xiamen protest was different to the thousands of others that take place across China because of who was involved. The customary groups of poor, uneducated farmers were joined by young, motivated environmentalists, such as Wu Xian. […]
by Xiao Qiang | Jan 4, 2008
From Xinhua: The suspended controversial Xiamen city PX plant probably will not become a landmark wherever it finally stands, but it may have helped lay a cornerstone that boosts ordinary Chinese people’s participation in policy making. The authorities in Xiamen, east China’s Fujian Province put a paraxylene (PX) plant project, earmarked for Haicang District 16 […]
by Michael Zhao | Dec 31, 2007
People of the Year from Southern Weekend for 2007. Translated by CDT: Some of them are Xiamen natives, some “new” Xiameners who moved to the city within the past 20 years, some found their first jobs in the coastal city. They didn’t know each other, but, for their own and the city’s general interests, they […]
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