The Daily Twit – 10/29/12: The NIMBY Winning Streak Continues

October 29, 2012

As the U.S. braces for a killer storm, which thanks to climate change we should get used to, China is dealing with more neighborhood-level environmental challenges. We appear to have had yet another victory for NIMBY (not in my backyard) protesters, this time in the city of Ningbo, where the government has suspended work on a chemical plant.

Reuters: Police disperse east China chemical plant protesters — A report from Saturday before the local government capitulated.

Guardian: Chinese protest over chemical factory — Wire service coverage from Sunday.

Ministry of Tofu: Following Ningbo’s civil protests over chemical project on Weibo — Photos, descriptions from folks in Ningbo, etc.

Danwei: Ningbo will ‘resolutely not have the PX project’ — Neither the protest nor the suspension of the project made the local papers in China, but it did receive prominent treatment by the Ningbo Daily.

Associated Press: China steps carefully with protesting middle class — Why was this protest, and others like it, successful? Timing issues aside, it was nonpolitical and local.

Caixin: Background: NIMBY movements in China — Nice infographic, if you’re into that sort of thing.

BBC News: Renewed protests against China chemical plant — Looks like these guys are not ready to call it quits just yet. Apparently there is some distrust over the “suspension” announcement. I’m not exactly shocked.

If you want to read some non-NIMBY-related China news:

Michael Pettis: Will a weaker yuan necessarily aid the Chinese economy? — Answer: no. Export competitiveness is not just about the value of the currency.

Stanley Lubman: Reading Between the Lines on Chinese Judicial Reform — Prof. Lubman takes a look at the judicial reform white paper that was issued last week.

China Daily: Campaign aims to overhaul antibiotics use — We’ve been hearing about this problem for years now, but it does appear as though an actual system will be put in place to start limiting the use of antibiotics. Enforcement is always a problem, though, and without an overhaul of the way hospitals are operated in China, I have my doubts about this new program.

Gordon Chang: The Great Chinese Stampede: Hot Money Leaving the Country — Yet another article on the Global Financial Integrity report. Chang thinks the GFI numbers are too high and yet sees significant risk here.

LA Times: ’No’ tops the agenda ahead of China’s 18th Party Congress — Amusing/scary look at some of the security measures implemented for Beijing in the run up to the 18th Party Congress.

Wall Street Journal: Romney Ad Escalates China Auto Controversy — This might be the last big China bashing push of the 2012 election cycle.