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Xie Weixing, Shaoxing City vice-mayor, allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for approving a housing project when he held the post of party secretary of the Xinchang County. He played a key role in ensuring the Xinchang-based Fengdao Group, a leading local company, won the bid for a nearly 90,000-square-meter block of farming land, according to the People’s Procuratorate of Zhejiang Province.
Sale of farm land for development has become increasingly sensitive in contemporary China.
Toxic Capsule Town
The town of Ruao (儒岙) became synonymous with poison. The factories using industrial gelatin to make pills were closed soon after CCTV reported the scandal on April 15. (ref.: http://www.eeo.com.cn/ens/2012/0509/226104.shtml) A third of Ruao’s 30,000 population is employed in the capsule industry.
Xinchang is home to the Dafo Temple (大佛寺).
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