On May 16, 2013, hundreds of people took to the streets in Kunming to protest against the construction of a petrochemical plant near the Yunnan provincial capital, which they say could pollute the city's water supply and air. Protesters confronted the city's mayor Li Wenrong, who promised to hold meetings to debate the project. Officials had already pledged to have a public debate after residents held a first rally against the project on May 4.
Kunming authorities have been put on high alert to thwart a third demonstration against a petrol refinery and maintain social stability in the run-up to the China-South Asia Expo.Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 5:36am
Kunming has banned bulk-buying of face masks and the sale of white T-shirts and has regulated photocopying in an effort to avoid another public protest after two demonstrations against a petrochemical plant had embarrassed the city's government.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Growth-obsessed local governments have become more sophisticated at handling rising environmental protests on the mainland, as recent cases against controversial chemical projects in southwestern cities Kunming and Chengdu show.20 May 2013 - 7:20am
The mayor of Kunming, Li Wenrong, has posted his first message on a Sina Weibo microblog in a move aimed at showing government transparency in the Yunnan provincial capital.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am