Two years ago, Gary Locke arrived in Beijing as the new U.S. ambassador. Now, Locke has announced that he will resign his post early in 2014 to rejoin his family in Seattle. Locke handled a number of diplomatic crises during his tenure, including the visit of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, which set in motion the downfall of Bo Xilai, and the harboring of activist Chen Guangcheng in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Chinese netizens bid him adieu.
Beijing has seen some nasty smog in the past few years. The Chinese government is taking steps to reduce air pollution across the country, but it has a long way to go, as cartoonist and capital city dweller Zhu Shimao shows. Driving, dating, and diet are all effected, the last one by inhaling trace elements. “I took a few breaths in the morning and was full,” Rebel Pepper commented on Weibo. All that build-up in their bodies makes denizens of the imperial capital an excellent source of fuel. Again, Rebel Pepper: “As for people who die in Beijing, the government can make a big profit on the remains, since every Beijinger is a mine.”
Chinese police have labeled Monday’s jeep crash and fire in Tiananmen Square a “carefully planned, organized and premeditated” terrorist attack conducted by Uighur extremists. Five suspects beside the three who died in the incident have been detained, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
A lot of people were running and jumping, but it was too late for me. It was a white car and it was coming very, very fast. I fell to the ground. I remember there was smoke, not much else.