Media Mashup: August 14, 2015

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A fire at the port of Tianjin, China, left dozens dead and injured.

A Fire in China

The fire in a port city southeast of Beijing left more than 50 dead and 300 injured. Rescuers were attempting to remove 700 tons of deadly sodium cyanide from the area late Thursday, Communist Party newspaper the People’s Daily reported.

Wen Wurui, head of Tianjin’s environment protection bureau, told a televised briefing that harmful chemicals detected in the air were not at “excessively high” levels. For more details, see

The Economy in China

America’s recovery is gradually gathering pace while China’s economy is slowing sharply. This divergence is causing trouble, particularly for those emerging markets that have lived the high life on China’s investment boom and a flood of cheap credit from America. And there is worse to come. That’s the assessment of The Economist after Beijing devalued its currency twice this week. For details, see

Christianity in China

For the past two years, the government in the province of Zhejiang, which is south of Shanghai, has torn down or otherwise destroyed at least 1,200 giant crosses from church buildings. The city of Wenzhou is home to a million Protestants and more than 300,000 Catholics. For an analysis, see

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to




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