A call to action went out over social networks in China, urging protests in cities across the country. China also suffers from corruption, inflation and authoritarian rule, but the government seems to have effectively squelched any potential uprising. Officials have threatened potential protesters and filled city squares with police and security agents. Correspondent for The New York Times, Andrew Jacobs is in Beijing, where, he says, the country's security apparatus has been effective in quieting the protesters.
New York Times reporter Andrew Jacobs discusses the ongoing tensions between the Han Chinese and the Uighur population in Western China. He’ll recount the violence that erupted and killed nearly 200 people last July, and look at what’s happened since.
Over 2,000 people died in last week's earthquake that hit the Qinghai provence of China. Today, the country's government is asking for a day of mourning, but some aespects of the recognition of loss of life has a compulsory feel. An example: all forms of entertainment have been taken off television to run government messaging about the quake.