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The explosion at Tianjin’s port literally rocked the city, causing tremors between two and three points on the Richter scale felt as far away as Beijing. The combination of political power linked to environmental disaster and hazardous chemicals make this a big story, despite the official propaganda apparatus’ efforts to control it. This video gives an update on the situation (~7 minutes) and discuss the political consequences of the explosion. The video is accompanied by a penetrating analysis of how the Chinese media is reporting the story despite the center’s efforts to shape the coverage.

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