Tag Archives: Bo Xilai

Mao’s Great Famine couldn’t happen again (but June 4th could)


I recently finished reading Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe by Frank Dikötter, which outlines the full scope of horror that was the Great Leap Forward which in four years claimed 45 million lives. However, that … Continue reading

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An official account of corrupt officials – How People’s Daily reports on graft in China


A few days ago, it was announced that Liu Zhijun, former head of the Railway Ministry was stripped of his party title as a result of misconduct. In the Western press it was said that his graft involved hundreds of … Continue reading

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Why didn’t the gov’t build this village a road?


Over the past few days, I’ve mentioned the village on the cliff several times, but haven’t yet discussed one of the biggest questions I had on my mind during my time there, Why didn’t the gov’t build this village a … Continue reading

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