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DISASTERS: EXPLOSIONS : COUNTRIES: CHINA: Another Factory Explosion Rocks China. Another Case of Corruption Exposed?

David P. Dillard
 

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DISASTERS: EXPLOSIONS :

COUNTRIES: CHINA:

Another Factory Explosion Rocks China.
Another Case of Corruption Exposed?

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Another Factory Explosion Rocks China.
Another Case of Corruption Exposed?

A chemical plant explosion in Shandong province Saturday
injured at least nine people. After years of corruption,
how many buildings in China store explosive chemicals
in residential areas?

By Michelle Toh

August 22, 2015

Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/0822/
Another-factory-explosion-rocks-China.-Another-case-
of-corruption-exposed

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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Seven years ago, it was schools more than 7,000 of them, which caved in a massive earthquake in Sichuan and took with them about 4,700 students. Those buildings had been shoddily constructed with substandard materials to line local officials pockets, a task force later found.

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Then, in 2011, it was trains two cars colliding in suburban Wenzhou, killing 40 people and raising questions about the rapid expansion of Chinas high-speed network, according to The Independent. Liu Zhijun, the railways minister who was already under investigation, became center of one of the biggest corruption cases in Chinese history, eventually sentenced to death in 2013.

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This month, two huge explosions and four fires have brought new sadness and embarrassment to this nation once more spotlighting how civilian safety appears to be regularly sacrificed by corrupt officials. At the core of China's high-profile tragedies appears to be a problem of immorality.

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Ten days later, Reuters reports that another blast has struck: this time, at a chemical plant in Shandong province, injuring nine people and sending tremors reverberating for at least a mile. Windows shattered. A villager going about his Saturday night reported seeing a large fireball from his backyard, according to The South China Morning Post.

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In light of the Tianjin disaster, the Chinese government ordered a nationwide inspection of workplace safety standards, reported The Associated Press, including an order to prosecutors to investigate any abuses of power that were tied to the warehouse explosion.

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A New York Times investigation reported Friday that the Tianjin site is only one of many buildings across China that store toxic chemicals near residential areas, in violation of safety regulations.

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