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Xiamen University

City's warm welcome enchants foreigners

With its friendly people and colonial past, Xiamen has attracted a sizeable expatriate community coming to the city to study, work or look for business opportunities.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am

Fusion of old and new

Xiamen is probably one of China's best-kept secrets. The city is widely considered by foreign and domestic visitors as one of the cleanest and most comfortable places to live and visit, and the modernisation drive that has turned this ancient trading powerhouse into a modern business hub is taking the 'livability' issue very seriously.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Forced to act

March 105 Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) delegates, led by Xiamen University chemistry professor Zhao Yufen , petition against the PX plant

March-May Petitions by the CPPCC delegates and Xiamen residents are ignored. A public protest is planned for June 1.

May 30 The Xiamen city government suddenly says the plans are on hold.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Virtual voices

In March, 37-year-old Lian Yue began voicing concerns on his blog about a proposed paraxylene factory in Xiamen .

Paraxylene, which is used to make polyester, is known to pose health and environmental risks.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Chemical plant on a giant scale

Confidential information obtained by the Post shows the proposed Tenglong chemical plant in Xiamen is far bigger than previously believed, with plans to store up to 14 times more dangerous chemicals than announced.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Uneasy calm after protests in Xiamen

Police stand by amid chemical plant row

Xiamen settled into an uneasy quiet yesterday with riot police maintaining a low-key but unmistakable presence at major roads and intersections near city government headquarters, the target of two days of protests.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Surprise as toxic chemical plant in Xiamen is put on hold

In a surprise turnaround, authorities in Xiamen, Fujian province, yesterday put on hold plans to build a toxic chemical factory in the city. The decision came just two days before a planned public protest outside government headquarters by residents worried about its environmental and health impact.

31 May 2007 - 12:00am

Chemical reaction

Zhao Yufen jabs at a stapled document on her desk, her frustration and anger spilling over. In March, she presented the petition against the world's biggest p-Xylene chemical plant to the annual meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing.

30 May 2007 - 12:00am