Nanjing mayor busted and Harbin darkness

21 Oct

The biggest high-level corruption case in China is in Nanjing, whose mayor was recently fired for alleged corruption. Besides that, he’s been criticized for being personally abrasive and callous in his governance. It’s sad to see this happening in Nanjing, a fine city which I visited in 2011, but it’s good if it’s a genuine effort to crack down on corruption. The WSJ column (the first link) goes into more detail about the official media coverage and the possible lessons to be learned from the mayor’s arrest.

Meanwhile Harbin, China’s northernmost major city, saw some horrific air pollution on Monday, resulting in very poor visibility and even school and highway closures. It’s being attributed to the turning on of the citywide heating system due to winter, the burning of corn waste by farmers after harvest, and a lack of wind. No doubt, heavy industry has a lot to do with it. Events like this must surely push the authorities to try harder to cut down on pollution.

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