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Guangdong officials to disclose assets - but not to the public

Guangdong has become the latest province to order its officials to report their assets and employment information about children and spouses.

Thursday, 15 October, 2009, 12:00am

Don't let children pay the price for development

China's economic miracle has brought incalculable benefits to hundreds of millions of people - not simply by alleviating poverty but by helping build a foundation for a better future. The price of such supercharged growth - industrial pollution and environmental degradation, among others - is sometimes discounted as the inevitable cost of development.

23 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Cadmium pollution leads to protests, arrests, factory closure

Three officials in Liuyang city , Hunan province were prosecuted last week after being found to be responsible for cadmium pollution that killed at least five people and poisoned more than 500.

13 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Invest in rainforests now

Tropical rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Scientists fear they will vanish within 40 years if nothing is done.

We are doing very little to stop this destruction. Let's take a look at our everyday lives. On what are your exercises printed? Paper. On what are you sitting? Wooden chairs. Where do you put your clothes? A wardrobe possibly made out of wood.

7 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Officials 'turned blind eye' to death factory

The humming machines of the Xianghe Chemical plant in Liuyang city, Hunan, ran day and night.

They stopped only when the boss got a special call 'from above' - and that always happened before environmental inspectors' 'sudden visits', according to workers at the factory at the heart of one of the mainland's worst pollution scandals.

5 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Bombing ends family peace talks

Nine people were killed and 25 injured in a bomb explosion at a village restaurant in Hunan province after being invited to a dinner to resolve a family dispute.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

40m yuan to be spent on reformist's birthday

More than 40 million yuan will be spent by the central and provincial governments to commemorate the 90th birthday of Hu Yaobang in his hometown, in another sign by Beijing that it plans to rehabilitate the late reformist.

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

A booming business on the mainland

Fireworks and firecrackers have a long history on the mainland. As early as the Sui Dynasty (581- 618), the new year was celebrated to the crackling noise of exploding firecrackers.

The first firecrackers were made from sections of hollow bamboo, used to hold gunpowder. They were called bamboo firecrackers, but bamboo was later replaced by paper tubes.

31 Mar 1999 - 12:00am