The Violence That Poisons the Air We Breathe

At South China Morning Post, Chang Ping decries the socially corrosive effect of capital punishment and the vitriolic rhetoric surrounding it. He cites media coverage of Xiamen bus arson suspect Chen Shuizong, spared from facing...

Xiamen’s Bus Arsonist: the Unlikely Martyr

At The Atlantic, Fei Wang describes the hard life of Chen Shuizong, the alleged arsonist in the Xiamen BRT bus fire that killed 47 people on June 7, who like suicide bomber Qian Mingqi two years ago has received a surprising...

Report: Suicidal Man Caused Xiamen Bus Blaze

State-run media this weekend claimed that an unemployed man on a suicide mission was responsible for the fire that killed 47 people on a bus in Xiamen on Friday, according to Edward Wong of The New York Times: The reports...

Ministry of Truth: Peng Liyuan, Xiamen Bus Fire

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. State Council Information Office: All websites are asked to immediately find and remove images of...

Ministry of Truth: Xiamen Bus Fire Claims 47 Lives

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. State Council Information Office: Regarding the “Xiamen, Fujian BRT bus explosion,”...

River Crab Archive: Month-long Xiamen Sit-in Ended

When something disappears from the Internet in China, netizens joke that it has been “river-crabbed,” a play on the euphemism “harmonized.” The River Crab Archive is a collection of blog post titles, weibo, and other materials...

Ming Pao: Rules for Anti-Japan Protests

The Hong Kong paper Ming Pao reports on the ongoing anti-Japan demonstrations sweeping China: Strict Control Over Anti-Japanese Demonstrations: Public Employees Forbidden to Encourage or Take Part Ming Pao Newsflash: Numerous...

Court Sentences “Most Wanted Fugitive” to Life

Chinese state media reported Friday that a Xiamen court convicted and sentenced smuggling kingpin Lai Changxin to life in prison, likely putting to rest a legal battle that began more than a decade ago when Lai escaped...

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,...

China Approves Controversial Chemical Plant In New City

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...

China Torch Relay: Xiamen

From BBC News: As part of a series following the Olympic torch around China, the focus turns to Xiamen, a city on the front line of disputes between Beijing and Taipei. A stretch of beach on China’s south-eastern coast...



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