'Don't you dare bring Christianity to Shanxi,' says official before detaining Beijing believer

Li Wenxi is a worker at a Beijing Christian book store. Photo: Weibo/SCMP pictures

When Li Wenxi, a Beijing book store worker traveled to Shanxi province in December to help local Christians open a new book store in the capital city Taiyuan, he was threatened by local state security agents.

Friday, 19 July, 2013, 12:22pm 11 comments

Taiyuan police chief Li Yali on probation

Taiyuan police chief Li Yali on probation

Li Yali, the scandal-plagued police chief in Taiyuan , capital of Shanxi province, has been placed on probation within the Communist Party for one year and is set to be fired, state media said.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Police chief fired for allegedly covering up son's assault on cop

Li Yali

The police chief of Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, has been dismissed and is under investigation for allegedly covering up his son's drink-driving and assault of a traffic police officer, Xinhua reported yesterday.

8 Dec 2012 - 7:37am 3 comments

Factory unrest a fresh headache for Apple-supplier Foxconn

Workers take photos of a car that was turned over during a brawl by employees at Foxconn's industrial zone in Taiyuan. Photo: AP

A brawl at a Foxconn factory that disrupted production at Apple’s main China supplier for 24 hours highlights regimented dormitory life and thuggish security as major sources of labour tension on the mainland.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Unidentified student criticises exchange tour for being biased

The Home Affairs Bureau has acknowledged that it sponsored a Hong Kong students' exchange tour to the mainland that was criticised by a participant as a "brainwashing" exercise.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:14am

Shanxi coal chief fired as graft probe launched

Shanxi's provincial government has sacked the head of China's biggest coking coal company after the arrest of two robbers who stole more than 50 million yuan (HK$61 million) worth of cash and valuables from his home last month.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Don's vulgar remark sparks lively debate

Fiery Peking University professor Kong Qingdong, a key leftist academic, is no stranger to publicity.

He was back in the public spotlight last month after he claimed in a microblog entry he had told Cao Linhua, a reporter for Southern People Weekly magazine, to 'f*** off' three times in a row because Cao represented a 'traitorous' media organisation, Nanfang Media Group.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The city that time forgot

Most tourists are still in bed and the souvenir shops are tightly shuttered; at 6am you can immerse yourself in seven centuries of history with few distractions. This is Pingyao, said to be the only city in China with its ancient walls still intact and low-rise buildings undiluted by modern structures.

8 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Fake quake warning sends thousands outdoors

Tens of thousands of panicked residents in the northern province of Shanxi flocked outdoors in freezing temperatures yesterday upon receiving a warning on an imminent earthquake, which authorities denied.

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Privatising coal mines blamed for shortages

The controversial drive to privatise coal mines in Shanxi province is one of the culprits behind this winter's electricity shortages, a mainland newspaper reported yesterday.

The provinces of Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and Sichuan and the municipality of Chongqing were placed under rationed electricity supply last week.

12 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The front-page picture caption yesterday incorrectly stated that Taiyuan was in Jiangxi province . It is in Shanxi province.

18 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Orphanage chief found a paternal bond with China

I was 22 when I won a scholarship to Taiyuan, Shanxi province, from the US in 1982. In those days, it was a particularly daunting opportunity because the mainland's open-door policy was in its infancy. As it turned out, it was to crystallise where my interests lay and later led to the gift of my children.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Shanxi miners set to fight layoffs

About 200 miners are prepared to take to the streets in Taiyuan today after the mainland's largest coal-mining enterprise told them their contracts would not be renewed.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Shanxi Coal expected to sell A shares before seeking listing in HK

Shanxi Coal Transportation and Sale, the mainland's biggest coal distributor, might delay its US$1 billion Hong Kong initial public offering in order to list first in the domestic market as early as next year, sources said.

5 May 2015 - 11:31am

Coal exchange gets the green light

The central government has given the green light for the establishment of a national coal exchange, liberalising one of the last remaining commodities whose price is still under state control.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am