A few links to start out your day.
Jordan Pouille has some interesting photos that offer an intriguing glimpse of life in “iPad City” in Sichuan, which employs hundreds of thousands of workers to make Apple’s extremely popular product. (Picture is of an earlier Foxconn rally in Guangdong – Jordan Pouille has requested that people click onto his site for his pictures.)
Speaking of iPads, an environmental group has come out with a report saying that Apple isn’t doing too well making sure its factories are environmentally friendly, uh oh.
Related: some employees are pissed that Steve Jobs stepped down without doing anything about that whole worker poisoning thing.
- Yikes, local governments are now admitting how deep they are in the hole. Shandong, for instance, owes about 475 billion yuan!
- Is the Communist Party going to loosen its grip on power? Possibly? Despite its heavy handed reaction to some more well-publicized non-protests, apparently some things do go well…ish, says Seeing Red In China.
- At least one publication thinks there’s a chance its critiques will be heard. After the Libya fiasco, Shanghai’s own Oriental Morning Post published an op-ed demanding “Give the People a Choice, Give Everyone a Route of Escape.“
- Meanwhile, Dru C. Gladney informs us on The China Beat that there totally IS something you can do should you ever be unlucky/controversial enough to be blacklisted in China.