Ningbo PX Project

Fears over expanded paraxylene projects as Beijing decentralises approval process

A demonstrator holds up a sign depicting Dalian's rejection of PX, or paraxylene, the toxic chemical made at a plant 20 kilometres upwind from the city. Photo: AP

Expanding plants making the dangerous chemical paraxylene (PX) will no longer need ministerial approval - a move to cut red tape that could upset environmentalists and other opponents of the controversial facilities.

Friday, 13 December, 2013, 3:35am 1 comment

Ningbo protests against growth at any cost

The backbone of the new affluent China.

China's days of pursuing growth above all else are over. Protest upon protest over industrial projects that citizens see as damaging to health and the environment make that plain; people are no longer willing to put up with pollution and the consequences.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:04am 3 comments

Environmental protests in China on dramatic rise, expert says

China's 13 PX plants produce millions of tonnes of the chemical annually, this screenshot of a Caixin infographic shows.

Beijing stopped releasing statistics on mass protests several years ago to allay public concern, but a new official report indicates a sharp rise in the number of environmental protests in the most recent year for which figures have been kept.

29 Oct 2012 - 2:44pm

Ningbo petrochemical factory protesters win pledge to halt project

Demonstrators march against the plant. One resident said the crowd did not believe the government would halt the project. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of protesters who marched yesterday against the expansion of a petrochemical factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, won a pledge from the local government that the project would be halted.

29 Oct 2012 - 5:01am

Scuffles as Ningbo residents step up chemical plant protest

Police arrest a demonstrator. Photo: Reuters

Demonstrators clashed with riot police in central Ningbo yesterday, as protests against the proposed expansion of a Sinopec plant drew the largest crowds yet.

28 Oct 2012 - 5:19am

Over a thousand protest over chemical plant in east China

Police line up in Ningbo where thousands gather to protest against a chemical plant. Photo:Handout

More than a thousand people gathered in the eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo on Saturday to protest against plans to expand a petrochemical plant, highlighting a major challenge for the leadership as it readies for its once-in-a-decade power transition.

On Friday, protesters overturned a police car and attacked the police.

27 Oct 2012 - 1:56pm 1 comment