An area of the Qinling Mountains (秦岭) in Hua County (华县) in China’s northern Shaanxi province has been devastated by reckless mining and digging. According to a September 2 report in Guangzhou’s Southern Metropolis Daily, the local government sought to disguise the environmental damage by enclosing the quarries with blue fences and applying green paint to exposed cliff faces. Local leaders went so far as to describe the effort as an “advanced experience.” This cartoon, posted by artist Cao Yi (曹一) to his QQ comic blog, shows an official labeled “Land and Resources Bureau” draping a naked mountain with a jacket he then slops over with green paint. The sign to one side of the “exposed mountain” reads: “Advanced Experience.”

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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