On June 24, a number of Chinese websites carried a story about how the city of Hefei (合肥), the capital of China’s Anhui province, has cloaked trees lining a two-kilometer stretch of road in the city with red cloth skirting and gold collars to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. An editorial on People’s Daily Online called the practice wasteful, and rued the fact that many local officials still fail to understand the concerns of the people. The editorial asked how many school uniforms for poor children might have been made from the cloth now pointlessly garbing these trees. In this cartoon, posted by artist Kuang Biao (邝飚) to his QQ.com blog, a pedestrian walks with a look of astonishment past a tree dressed up in a red outfit with a gold collar.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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