China’s rapid industrialization fuels more public protests

Alex Wang quoted in USA Today, July 29, 2012

Both the Qidong and Shifang demonstrations “reflect what happens when there are no effective formal channels for public input into environmental decision making”…. Berkeley’s Wang said he hopes Qidong is “a wake-up call” for leaders: “If they don’t create genuine channels for engaging with the public before polluting projects are approved, they will inevitably have to deal with the much uglier aftermath when protests erupt.”